Armstrong incumbents seek support

Paul Britton likes being a part of the decision-making process.

Paul Britton likes being a part of the decision-making process.

It’s why the Armstrong school teacher has let his name stand to run for another term on Armstrong city council.

“I have always enjoyed being a part of it and I like being a part of making decisions for the city,” said Britton, who has lived in Armstrong nearly 25 years.

Britton and fellow incumbents Sully O’Sullivan, Shirley Fowler, Kelly Rowe, John Trainor and Ryan Nitchie are running to keep their seats while newcomers Dave McKechnie and Robert Thibeau are challenging the incumbents.

Fowler, president of the Interior Provincial Exhibiton board of directors, enjoys being a voice for the community, but also wants the community to speak its collective voice.

“It’s important to listen to the people, to have their voices heard and then weigh the information that comes in to council,” said Fowler. “It’s a balancing act but I believe the people in the community needs to be heard.”

O’Sullivan, the oldest councillor at 74, likes the team he’s been working with the last three years.

“It’s a good group,” said O’Sullivan, seeking a fourth consecutive council term. “I’m relaxed, I enjoy being a councillor and it keeps me busy, which is good for old people like me.”

Rowe is completing her first term and said the last three years have been a real education for her.

“I have enjoyed all of the different positions I’ve held,” said Rowe, a mortgage broker. “They’ve all been diverse and have been a huge challenge. The election is very exciting. I enjoy being a councillor. I feel like this team has done some really exciting things for the community.”

Trainor is seeking a sixth consecutive term on council because he doesn’t want to leave the job of serving the community half-finished.

“You get involved in the daily focus of your community and you want to continue that work, you don’t want to leave half-way through,” said Trainor, a financial advisory. “Once you’re involved on council, it’s a real pleasure to stay involved.”

Elected as the youngest councillor in the city’s history in 1997, Nitchie is seeking a sixth consecutive term.

“I love serving the community, that’s the bottom line,” said Nitchie, an Askew’s Foods employee. “I can be a part of making the community a better place to live and that’s my way of giving back.”