It appears that Keon Raymond’s run at becoming the CFL Players Association’s president has come to an end.
Raymond tweeted as much on Thursday afternoon.
I want to say thank you to all the players & fans across Canada for your undying support and love for my bid to be president of the CFLPA. Didn’t end up the way we wanted but, that’s how life works sometimes. You continue to move forward with hope, peace, and joy. 💯
— Keon Raymond (@Mr_Raymond25) February 27, 2020
Raymond was competing against Saskatchewan Roughriders’ linebacker Solomon Elimimian, and retired Canadians Agustin Barrenechea and Peter Dyakowski for the job. It’s not known at this point who has won the election.
All of the candidates had lengthy playing careers in the CFL. Elimimian is the only strictly defensive player to win Most Outstanding Player, while Raymond won two Grey Cups as a key member of the Calgary Stampeders (2008 and 2014). Barrenechea was a stud Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ linebacker and Peter Dyakowski suited up for 10 seasons along the offensive line, nine in the Hammer and one on the prairies in Regina.
Board of directors and executive members are voted on by team player representatives during elections held every two years. Team reps are voted on at the beginning of each season prior to the second regularly-scheduled game of the schedule. The vote must be conducted by a player representative whose term is about to expire or by another individual as designated by the president of the CFLPA.
The CFLPA’s annual general meetings are being held in Las Vegas from February 27 to March 1.