The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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I Do Not Choose to Run 

New Rochelle politicians approach Rob to be their next city councilman. Flattered, Rob considers it but soon finds his life under their complete management.


Jerry Paris


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Philip Ober ... Mr. Howard
George Tyne ... Doug
Arte Johnson ... Bill Schermerhorn
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... John Gerber
Peter Brocco ... Lionel
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Woman at Meeting


Rob speaks at a public meeting to oppose a new shopping center development on the site of an existing park. Impressed by his speech and by him as a man, Doug, who is his friend and a current city councilor, and Mr. Howard, a businessman who works on a committee for better local government, want Rob to run for city council. Once Rob and Laura recover from the shock of the request, they decide that Rob will at least speak further to them about the possibility, with him leaning more toward running. At the planning meeting with Doug and Mr. Howard among others, Rob finds out that there is a lot of politics involved, about which he is not too happy. Both he and Laura also discover that everyone in New Rochelle wants something from their local politicians, whether it be big, small, crazy or insignificant, but Rob still wants to do some public good. As Rob teeters on the fence, guilt in not being civic-minded enough may sway his decision unless he can find a good excuse not to run. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

19 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on a statement issued by President Calvin Coolidge about his further presidential aspirations: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." See more »


In the kitchen scene, Lionel Simms' arm positions change between shots. See more »


[Rob enjoys the idea of being called Councilman Petrie]
Laura Petrie: Hey, if you're city councilman, what'll they call me?
Rob Petrie: Probably Laura.
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