As the 2014 municipal campaign period inches closer, the question remains, will Mayor Shari Decter Hirst seek a second term?
The mayor recently spoke to a political science class at Brandon University, and according to the campus paper, The Quill, told students “it’s probably the most poorly kept secret.”
When contacted by the Brandon Sun, Decter Hirst wasn’t ready to make it official.
“Certainly it is one of the most popular questions,” she said. “I’ll be making a statement about that probably in April.”
She also told the class that she wants to wait until she has completed an upcoming project, but wouldn’t say what the project is.
“I’m not going to be discussing it yet because it hasn’t come to council yet,” she said. “Every mayor comes in with a to-do list and I still have one item on mine that needs to be checked off.”
Decter Hirst said she hopes the project will come to council before summer.
So far the only mayoral candidate who has stepped forward is Rick Chrest, local businessman and former city councillor.
The municipal election takes place Oct. 22, and candidates cannot campaign until May 1.
As for city councillors, only Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) has made it known that he will seek re-election. Many others are leaning toward running again, but haven’t made it official yet. Coun. Murray Blight (Victoria) will retire after this term. Barry Cullen, owner of Keywest Photo, has announced he will be vying for the seat.
“I think most of us are sort of keeping focused on our 2010-14 term responsibilities and obligations and are putting aside the election theatre until later this spring,” Decter Hirst said.