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Mayor Gladys Atrill intends to seek re-election

Smithers Mayor Gladys Atrill says that she intends to seek reelection during this years municipal election.

The nomination period opens for those wishing to run for either Mayor or Council on August 30.

Atrill was elected as mayor in 2020 during the Town’s byelection which was held after Taylor Bachrach resigned in 2019 after being voted in as the regions Member of Parliament.

Atrill says why she decided to run again for Mayor.

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“When I made the decision to run in the byelection during the last term I mentally committed to myself to run again because it seemed like an extremely short period for part of the last term and I thought I needed to be mentally prepared to go for a longer period of time,” she said.

Atrill added that she has maintained that promise to herself to run again.

She also said that the last couple of years have been strange because of the pandemic.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to whatever normal means so that the day to day of the job can become more attainable and that we can work together as a council, with our staff and with our community to try to achieve that I see as more normal objectives,” Atrill said.

She added that she is looking forward to getting out in the community and meeting with people which was a struggle during the previous election because of the pandemic.

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Additionally, Town Staff are currently in the process of looking for Election Officials.

Meanwhile, in Burns Lake Mayor Dolores Funk will not be seeking reelection but, councillor Charlie Rensby has expressed his intent to run for the position.

General voting day for the Municipal Election will be held on October 15.

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