Mayor not challenged
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 10:18 am
Rather than put up signs in her community, Turner Valley’s mayor is sitting back, enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing.
Turner Valley Mayor Kelly Tuck thought she was up for some competition in this fall’s election, but was surprised on Monday to learn no one is running against her.
“I truly thought someone was going to run,” she said.
When the final nomination forms came in at noon on Monday, Tuck found out the next month would not be full of campaigning and is not disappointed to return by acclamation.
“I truly do enjoy being the mayor for the Town of Turner Valley,” she said. “I love the people, I love the community and I’m glad to have the opportunity to finish up the projects I started.”
Turner Valley’s councillors won’t be relaxing. In addition to all of council running again, including Dona Fluter, Terry Moore, Lane Park, Gerald Pfeil, Sandra Rishaug and Barry Williamson, Barry Crane, Cheryl Dobbyn and Randal Williamson also submitted nominations.
Tuck said she is glad to see the entire council run again.
“I have a strong council,” she said. “They must have been happy with how things are going and I’m sure they, too, want to complete the projects that are started.”
However, Tuck said it is good to see other members of the public put their names forward.
“It’s going to make for a good race,” she said.
Fluter, who served as Turner Valley councillor from 2004 to 2007, mayor from 2007 to 2010 and councillor this term, said there is still plenty she wants to do on council.
“I just believe that we are at such exciting times right now in our community, stepping forward with some plans that have been in the works since last term that are finally coming on board and are ready to move forward,” she said. “I want to be there to be a part of that to see it through to the end.”
Seeing her fellow councillors also commit is encouraging for Fluter.
“I think that’s outstanding,” she said. “This is the first time since I’ve been sitting on council that more than two of us returned to council.”
She too agreed there is nothing wrong with a little competition.
Three community members stepping up to the task speaks to the interest people have in their council, Fluter said.
Crane, a stay at home dad and avid volunteer, said running for council was a natural step to take.
“Anybody who knows me knows I’ve been involved in the community for the last seven years since I moved here,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it for months. I’ve been putting feelers out to friends and family to see their reactions, test the waters. They said you are doing so much volunteering anyway why not volunteer to the possibility to affect real change if the time and opportunity presents itself.”