City councillors agree: ‘too early’ to decide on re-election

Municipal elections for cities, towns, counties and school boards take place this fall, in October 2017.

Wetaskiwin city hall

Wetaskiwin city hall

Municipal elections for cities, towns, counties and school boards take place this fall, in October 2017.

The Pipestone Flyer recently contacted the members of the City of Wetaskiwin council as well as the County of Wetaskiwin council (see Apr. 20 story) asking if each member had made a decision regarding their plans for the upcoming election.

Mayor Bill Elliot told the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Apr. 20 he will not stand for re-election.

The rest of council was coy when asked if they’re running again.

“I would love to let you know what my plans are for the upcoming election, but I’m not prepared to do so this early,” stated Coun. Tyler Gandam, April 10.

“I am not making any declaration at this point. Thanks for the opportunity,” said Coun. Patricia MacQuarrie, April 10.

“Right now, I am focused on getting projects finished and setting direction for the remainder of the year. I am not ready at this time to comment further than that,” said Coun. June Boyda, April 11.

“Thanks for your interest in investigating the political intent of current elected officials regarding next years election I still have a number of months of service before the next election and like my colleagues, feel that there is still a lot things we would like to see accomplished before next election. Having said that, I know Mayor Bill will be announcing his intentions in the near future and would suspect that current councillor’s decisions may be impacted by his decision. What I can tell you is that my experience on council has been a wonderfully rich and rewarding one and I feel more connected to our community than ever before. I can also comment that every day I am so impressed with my fellow councillors sincere commitment to our community. In summary, stay tuned for individual announcements about people’s intentions,” replied Coun. Wayne Neilson to the Pipestone Flyer’s request, April 11.

Councillors Joe Branco and Bert Horvey could not be reached for comments.