Election 2014: Garlick acclaimed mayor

District of Coldstream: Coldstream’s mayor will be getting right down to business preparing for a new council in November

Coldstream’s mayor will be getting right down to business preparing for a new council in November.

Mayor Jim Garlick is acclaimed as no one has stepped forward to challenge him for the position, which he has held for six years now.

Although he would have expected someone to run against him for mayor so that the constituents could have a choice, Garlick is pleased he doesn’t have to put any signs up this election.

“I can put more time into actually preparing for the new council,” said Garlick.

There are seven candidates vying for the six seats on council: Shane Hillman and Glen Taylor as well as incumbents Peter McClean, Gyula Kiss, Richard Enns, Doug Dirk and Pat Cochrane.

Maria Besso will not be running in the Nov. 15 election and Garlick admits it would have been good to have a woman on council.

“I’m kind of disappointed. It’s always good, it grounds us.”

Even though Garlick doesn’t have to take part in any forums, such as the Oct. 30 one at the Performing Arts Centre, he still plans on it.

“I think it’s important for me to go to the forums again anyway.”

He also wonders if the lack of candidates means Coldstream is pleased with the work being done, or just don’t want to take on the job.

“I think they tolerate me enough to not run against me,” he chuckled.