Whitehorse voters are guaranteed at least four new faces on Whitehorse city council after the Oct. 21 election, as more current members confirm their plans for the fall vote.
While Coun. Dan Boyd said Aug. 12 that he will seek a fifth term as a city councillor, both councillors Steve Roddick and Jan Stick have stated they will not run.
Meanwhile, Coun. Jocelyn Curteanu said in an Aug. 11 interview she is still considering whether she will seek a fourth term on council.
Another two councillors – Laura Cabott and Samson Hartland — have each begun their campaigns for the mayor’s chair along with long-time Whitehorse resident Patti Balsillie.
Mayor Dan Curtis, meanwhile, announced previously he will not be running for another term.
Mellisa Murray has been the only person not on council who’s announced plans to seek one of six councillors seats.
In an interview, Boyd said keeping some continuity on council is among a number of reasons he’s running for another term.
Boyd has long been interested in the community and quality of life for residents in Whitehorse, he said. That’s one of the reasons he said he served two terms on council in the 1990s and during this current stint as a councillor that began in 2015.
“I enjoy the work,” he said.
Looking ahead to the 2021 to 2024 term, Boyd cited the city’s Official Community Plan as a major piece of work to complete. COVID-19 delayed the process and it is now in the third of four phases to get to the draft.
“Getting that OCP in place is really important,” Boyd said. “It’s critically important.”
The OCP serves as a guiding document for all city planning and sets a 20-year vision for the city.
Stick was first elected to council during a by-election in 2005 before the general election a year later saw voters send her back to council.
Following her first stint as a councillor, she would go on to be elected to the territorial legislature as the NDP MLA for Riverdale South.
In 2018, returned to city hall as a councillor.
Stick said she’s ready to focus on other things.
Meanwhile, Roddick, who is serving his first term on council, said in a statement that stepping back from council “will allow me to step toward the new and nourishing experiences I need to fight for my values and beliefs over the years to come.”
In a follow-up email, Roddick said he will take some time to explore opportunities before deciding on his next step.
In his time on council, he said he’s been able to raise issues and voice perspectives important to the future of the city.
“Some of my contributions to council debates led to clear short-term outcomes — the climate emergency declaration and council’s decision to make environmental stewardship a strategic priority, for example,” he said.
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