Friday, July 31, 2015

Wiedenhoeft not planning to run

Nominations to run for town council in the municipal election this fall opened yesterday but one person whose name probably won’t be on the ballot is Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft.
“My intention right now is not to run again,” he said yesterday afternoon.

“It’s not that I don’t find it interesting and stimulating and rewarding,” he stressed. “But it’s been 11 years now this coming year and I think that maybe somebody else could step forward.
“The only way that I would run again is if there wasn’t enough people who came forward to put their name on the ballot, and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he added.
“I think there’s lots of people out there who think they can do a better job than what we’ve done,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft remarked. “[But] I don’t think they’re aware of the circumstances that we had to go through.
“Everybody in a dozen coffee klatches has got a better idea of how we can run this town,” he noted.
“Let them step forward and put their name out.”
Coun. Wiedenhoeft said he would love to go south for six weeks or so during the winter months, especially since his wife, Linda, has cold-triggered asthma and can’t breathe in the cold.
But currently his position on council doesn’t allow that.
“I don’t think you can adjudicate situations from afar,” he reasoned.
“I think you have to be there,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft said. “You have to get all the facts, you have to hear all of the opinions of the other councillors before you make a decision.
“You can’t do things down in Mexico or down in Arizona or down in Florida. You have to be here,” he reiterated.
Anyone interested in running for mayor, council, the two school boards, or the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board must file their papers at the Civic Centre prior to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.
Withdrawal of any nominations also must be made by 2 p.m. on Sept. 12.
Nominees must pay a $200 fee to run for head of council (mayor) or $100 for any other position (i.e., councillor or trustee).
They also must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and either be a property owner, someone who leases property, or the spouse of someone who owns/leases property.
Election day will be held Oct. 27. As in past years, polls will open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
But the town also once again will be using a vote-by-mail system in the upcoming election.
The first day of the new council term will be Dec. 1.
Municipal terms are for four years, after being increased from three just prior to the 2006 election.

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