Armstrong mayor goes unchallenged

He spent the final 15 minutes before the close of nomination Friday at city hall, wanting to see if anybody was going to challenge him.

He spent the final 15 minutes before the close of nomination Friday at his office in city hall, in case somebody came forward to challenge him.

But Chris Pieper went unchallenged.

The City of Armstrong’s one-term mayor was voted in by acclamation to serve a second term as nobody else put their name forward.

“I’m pretty excited,” said the longtime politician, who was first elected to Armstrong council as a councillor in 1989. He spent 17 years as a councillor, which included a three-year sabbatical, and has been the mayor for the past three years.

“I enjoy being mayor, I have the time to do it. We have a very pro-active council that I enjoy working with. We don’t always agree but we work together and respect the judgments of one another. We work to find solutions to the problems that have come up in the last few years.”

Pieper could have the opportunity to work with the same six councillors who have served with him the past three years.

Incumbents John Trainor, Shirley Fowler, Sully O’Sullivan, Paul Britton, Kelly Rowe and Ryan Nitchie are all seeking re-election.

Armstrong residents will have a vote on who sits at the council table as Dave McKechnie and Robert Thibeau have also filed to run for city council.

“We, as council, are involved in the community and residents usually have access to us and I don’t see that changing,” said Pieper. “There are a couple of new people running and I wish them luck. I also wish the six partners I’ve had the last three years the best of luck.

“I look forward to working with whoever gets in.”