This year, he’s hoping for some competition. In 2008 he was re-elected by acclamation, but says he thinks having a choice is healthy for the community.

He evens adds it’s better for him to have to “go through the ringer”, as he doesn’t expect anything to be handed to him. He encourages anyone interested to run, as it makes the democratic process work.

Councillor Betty Ponto also says she will be running for reelection.

She says she would be happy to see the same make-up of council after this fall, but adds it would be nice to see some fresh faces. She likes that there is currently healthy debate among councillors, who disagree on some matters, but don’t make it personal.

Both Brad Filmer and George Barber haven’t decided whether to run again yet, but they both have their papers, and Filmer says he’s leaning towards running.

Barber’s going to suss out who else is running before making his decision. While being a councillor takes quite a bit of time, he says there are many projects on the go in Taylor he would like to see completed.

Filmer feels the same way; he says the district is on the verge of blossoming and he’d like to stay on to carry on initiatives, especially when it comes to building an active, healthy community.

Councillor David Bigcharles wasn’t available to comment on whether he plans to run again.

Nominations for Taylor mayor and council will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. on October 4, 2011 until 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2011. Information can be obtained from the District Office.