Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond) said he is still weighing the options as being a councillor takes a “significant time commitment,” and he is not surprised that others haven’t stepped up to the plate.
No other council candidates have stepped up since Coun. Murray Blight (Victoria) issued a plea last week.
Richmond ward currently has no candidates for the Oct. 22 municipal election, while eight wards only have one candidate. The only ward with two candidates vying for the seat is South Centre.
Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond) said he is still weighing the options as being a councillor takes a "significant time commitment," and he is not surprised that others haven’t stepped up to the plate.
"It’s tough because I think the structure of council makes it difficult for many people to take that step because of the commitment on top of everything else," he said.
"That said, it’s an extremely rewarding experience, it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy and that I love, but to make it work with everything else just gets a little tough and you’ve got to balance your life out."
Blight is retiring this fall after serving three terms on council. He said the prospect of having eight wards acclaimed is unacceptable, especially if they involve first-time candidates.
Five current city councillors have registered for re-election — Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres), John LoRegio (Meadows-Waverly), Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes), Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) and Jeff Harwood (University).
Coun. Corey Roberts (Rosser) told the Sun he plans to seek re-election, but hasn’t made it official yet.
Victoria ward has one candidate, local businessman Barry Cullen. South Centre ward, currently vacant due to Garth Rice’s resignation, has two candidates — Kim Longstreet and Lonnie Patterson.
Miles Crossman is the Rosser ward candidate, while Vanessa Hamilton is seeking the Riverview seat, to be vacated by Len Isleifson, who plans to vie provincially for the Brandon East seat.
"I’m hopefully not delaying my decision too much longer," Montague said. "It’s not one I make lightly because I want to make sure it’s the right decision for myself, it’s the right decision for the residents I’ve had the privilege of representing for almost four years now, and it’s the right decision for the next four years of my life."
Candidate videos have been posted on brandonvotes.ca.
As for school trustees, candidates do not register.They begin their campaign with nominations (Sept. 10-16).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 26, 2014