Election 2014: Incumbents step forward

Township of Spallumcheen: Five of Spallumcheen’s incumbent councillors will seek re-election in the Nov. 15 municipal vote

The veterans and the rookies feel the same: they think they have a good team in Spallumcheen and want to continue moving forward.

Five of Spallumcheen’s incumbent councillors will seek re-election in the Nov. 15 municipal vote, while Rachael Ganson will not run again.

Todd York is the veteran of the councillors, as he seeks a fourth term on council.

“I really enjoy working with this council and our mayor is great to work with,” said York. “The new four-year term is something to consider but we’re embarking on a number of projects that I would like to see through to the end.”

Andrew Casson wants a third consecutive term on council to continue its hard work.

“We are very committed to seeing Spall continue to grow in smart, healthy, productive ways,” said Casson. “Industrial and commercial growth are just two of the keys to giving us stability that will allow us to protect the ‘farming comes first’ identity that helps define Spallumcheen.”

Christine Fraser was first elected to council in a by-election. She is seeking her second full term on council.

“I enjoy working with a group of people who respect each other’s views and are working together to represent all of Spallumcheen,” said Fraser. “I have heard a lot of positive feedback from the community about our commitment to solving our local issues.”

Joe Van Tienhoven and Ed Hanoski are completing their first terms.

Both admitted it took awhile to get used to the idea of being a councillor, and all the work and meetings that go into it, but both want to continue.

“I think this council got off to a bumpy start but a lot of things are starting to come to fruition and we’re starting to get some results,” said Van Tienhoven. “I am committed to serving the township for the next four years if I’m re-elected.”

Said Hanoski: “I figure I learned for three years on how things work. Things have improved in the township and if I’m elected to keep going, I’d like to do a lot more for the community.”

Ganson has decided not to seek a second term.

“I am going to focus on my business and try to obtain my Phd,” she said.

“I have absolutely loved it. The best decision I made was to run for council and I will miss it.”

Among Ganson’s highlights from being on council was being part of the township’s 120th anniversary celebration.

“It was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it,” she said.

There will be a mayoral race in the township as incumbent Janice Brown will face a challenge from former mayor Will Hansma. Former councillor Dave Brew, who lost his bid for mayor in 2011 to Brown, is also running for the mayor’s chair again.