Seven step up to run for council
Longview: Mayor not vying for re-election
By: John Barlow
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 08:48 am
There will be a rare election in the Village of longview as seven people have come forward, including two incumbents, to run for the three spots on council.
The nomination deadline passed last week and seven residents will be vying for positions on Longview’s council including incumbents Carole Macleod and Clifford Ayrey. The newcomers include James Grady, Kathleen Wight, Lorraine Watson, Rick Smith and Rose Klassen.
The one name missing is current Mayor Ivor McCorquindale who has elected not to run for re-election after nine years on council.
McCorquindale said he made it clear to the constituents in Longview he did not intend for run for a fourth term. Some of the major projects he wanted to see through have been completed and he said it is time for some new blood on council.
“I will miss the job, but it is time to move on so new people can come on council and bring new ideas,” he said. “I think I left the Village in a better place than when I arrived and that is all you can ask.”
When McCorquindale arrived on council nine years ago, Longview was in debt and there were some significant projects which needed to be done.
However, over the past nine years McCorquindale, with the assistance of the rest of council, staff and administration, has ensured Longview now has healthy reserves, the sewage lagoon has been completed, all the village’s roads are now paved as well as improvements to the outdoor rink and construction of the Memorial Garden.
In addition, there was concern among residents last year over the water quality in the village due to oil and gas activity in the area.
Longview now has a water testing agreement with Legacy Oil and Gas to ensure the village’s water quality is sound.
McCorquindale said he is proud of what the team accomplished over the last few years,
“It is not one person,” he said. “To work on these projects you have to work as a team.
“We couldn’t have done it without the dedicated volunteers who have been phenomenal. In a small community we couldn’t survive without them.”
As McCorquindale prepares to step aside he said he is optimistic for Longview’s future especially with seven strong candidates running in the Oct. 21 municipal election.
“It is a good reflection when people want to get involved in the future growth of the community,” he said. “We have a good mix of candidates.”
A date for an election forum for Longview has not been announced.