Pieper seeks third term

Kelly Rowe withdraws from Armstrong council to seek a school board seat

Chris Pieper will let his name stand again for Armstrong mayor.

Chris Pieper will let his name stand again for Armstrong mayor.

Quite simply, Chris Pieper enjoys being the mayor of Armstrong.

He’s done it for two terms, and wants to do it for a third.

Pieper announced Tuesday his plan to seek re-election.

“I enjoy coming into work every day,” said Pieper. “I’ve had the privilege of working with a great council and great staff that provide leadership for the people of Armstrong. Hopefully, we can continue that.”

Under Pieper’s guidance, Armstrong has had a fair amount of new development with people and businesses showing confidence in the community.

He was also at the helm during Armstrong’s centennial birthday in 2013.

Retired, Pieper says he has the drive and energy to commit to the new four-year terms being mandated provincially for mayors and council.

“We don’t have much choice in that,” he said. “Four years in the future is a long time, four years in the past is a short time. You can look at it both ways.”

Pieper was first elected mayor in 2008 after serving several terms as a councillor.

He ran unopposed in 2011, but said he would be very surprised if somebody didn’t forward to challenge him this time around.

“I’m sure there will be a couple of people taking a run at me for one reason or another,” said Pieper.

If re-elected to a third term as mayor, Pieper’s council will have a new look.

Ryan Nitchie, who served two terms as a councillor under Pieper has left to take a job with the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District and will not be running again.

Neither will two-term councillor Kelly Rowe, who has announced she will insteasd be running for school district trustee in Armstrong.

“I would look forward to newcomers brining their ideas to council and the community,” he said.

“Hopefully we would continue moving forward in a positive vein which we’ve been doing for many years.”

For Rowe, first elected to council in 2008, deciding to run for school trustee fits better into her family schedule.

“I have one child left in the school system and my husband is away working a lot, so my time is more in line with the school schedule,” said Rowe, who has served as Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation chairperson for the last four years.

Incumbent Armstrong councillors Shirley Fowler, Paul Britton, Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan and John Trainor have all announced plans to retain their seats.