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Mark B. packs it in

Mark Brown, the Ward 1 City Council candidate who's been warned he'll be charged with trespassing if he enters the Civic Centre, sent the following E-mail this morning to Deputy City Clerk Malcolm White.
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Mark Brown, the Ward 1 City Council candidate who's been warned he'll be charged with trespassing if he enters the Civic Centre, sent the following E-mail this morning to Deputy City Clerk Malcolm White.

**************************************************************** From: Mark Brown To: m.white@cityssm.on.ca ; d.irving@cityssm.on.ca Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 7:20 AM Subject: Permission to attend City Hall to Withdraw Ward 1 Nomination

Dr. Mr. White (or Ms. Irving if you have returned), I would like to attend the Clerk's office at City Hall in order to withdraw my nomination for Ward 1 councillor. Please advise. Regards, Mark Brown Citizen of Sault Ste. Marie

**************************************************************** Brown advised us this morning that "the rationale for withdrawal of my nomination is contained in Andy Marten's column."

At 10:59 p.m. last night, Brown posted some severe criticisms of Ward 1 Councillor David Orazietti for running for the provincial Liberals without resigning his Council seat.

"By holding both legally identifiable positions simultaneously he is, at the very least, in direct violation of the spirit of the Public Service Act," Brown wrote.

At 3:04 a.m. today, a poster named Huh?????? responded: "Running in a ward, that you do not actually reside in, is not illegal. However, it is in direct violation of the 'spirit' of a municipal election."

At 6:34 a.m., Brown responded with the following posting:

**************************************************************** You bring up a good point huh??????, although my running in Ward 1 could never ever be construed as being "unethical" under any circumstances.

So are you saying that you think that the Mr. Orazietti should act with less integrity than City Hall Staff?

Please Advise.

But hey, lead by example I always say...

I will be withdrawing my so-called "unethical" Ward 1 nomination.

Will Mr. Orazietti act in the same ethical fashion as I, an ordinary citizen, have just pledged to act?

I'll be looking for his resignation from City Council or Provincial Liberal Candidacy immediately.

Which unethically held position will you resign from Mr. Orazietti?

The choice is yours.

Choose.

Sincerely, Mark Brown

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