Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson has ended a 67-year dynasty of elected community service by the Ferguson family, announcing Thursday that he will not run in the upcoming municipal election. At a news conference Ferguson recalled that his father first served on Ancaster Council in the pre-amalgamation era. Then his mother took over the role when his father died of a heart attack. After amalgamation, Lloyd’s brother Murray represented Ancaster on Hamilton City Council, and then Lloyd took over when his brother suffered a stroke.
“We are told that the Fergusons are the Kennedy’s of Ancaster but even the Kennedy era eventually came to an end,” Ferguson observed. He noted that he had been involved in many capital projects in Hamilton, but in Ancaster he pointed to the Memorial Arts centre, as a major accomplishment. He paid tribute to his constituency assistant Cathy Bishop who will also retire at the end of the current council term.
He told reporters he had decided to step down over the past Christmas holidays but kept it quiet so he wouldn’t become a lame duck. “It’s a tough time being an elected person in Hamilton,” he said, “there’s a lot of people coming after you. And what really bothers me is the special interest groups that would put out misinformation…I don’t look at social media, but it can be nasty, so I wish whoever my successor is well, because I think it is going to be a difficult kind of job.”