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Waddington's in for Chilliwack election, so who else?
Sam Waddington’s announcement that he will run for one of the six city council spots may seem a little early in the depths of summer, more than four months away from the election.
For most of the current city council, it is too soon.
“I will be taking the summer to consider my options with a decision point early September,” Coun. Chuck Stam told the Times via email.
Couns. Ken Huttema and Stewart McLean said something similar.
“I have not made up my mind yet. I will use the summer time to gauge family and community support and then make a decision,” Huttema said.
“It’s too early for me to make that decision,” McLean said.
Coun. Jason Lum confirmed that he will be running for election again in November, and added that he may take a shot at the mayor’s office.
“At this point I am keeping my options open!” Lum wrote via email. “I will make a determination based on how the mayorship race shapes up.”
Given the uncertainty, that mayoral race could be as uninteresting as another acclamation or as dramatic as a four-way battle, at least.
There’s Lum, who is considering, and most expect Mayor Sharon Gaetz to run again. But former mayor John Les and former Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O’Mahony have both said they are considering a bid for the office.
As for Gaetz, who won the job handily in 2008 and faced no opponents in 2011, she told the Times in May that she wanted to inform council first but would sent out a press release “soon.”
But asked again last week Gaetz said she has made her decision and won’t be announcing “at this time.”
Couns. Ken Popove and Sue Attrill did not respond before the Times went to press.