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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Lockport's mayor will not seek a second term

Lockport's mayor will not seek a second term

Lockport's mayor, Paul Champagne, has decided not to seek a second term.

Champagne, 66, was elected to the Lockport Town Council in March 1992 and served five terms. He became interim mayor after the previous mayor, who served three terms, died of cancer in August 2012.

He was elected mayor in November 2012 and up until last weekend, had every intention of running for re-election.

Champagne told the Daily Comet: "Spending time with my family for Father's Day, I just kind of said, 'This is it,'" he said. "That's when my ultimate decision was made. It's a decision I didn't take lightly at all. There was a lot of soul-searching and thought that went into it. I have two grandchildren that live in Lafayette. I've been retired from work for a year, my wife is retired. I feel it's time for me to step aside from public life."

Last week marked a year that Champagne has been cancer free since he had a salivary gland removed. He said that was also a factor in his decision to step down as mayor.

Qualifying is July 20-22 for the Nov. 8 election, which will include the Lockport mayoral race. The new mayor will begin his or her four-year term in January.

Champagne said he's not leaving town and will still volunteer for whatever is needed.

He is on the board for the Lockport Food Festival, and is president of the town's Lions Club.