Dawson Creek Mayor not seeking re-election this fall

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead will not be seeking re-election in the fall, he announce…

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead will not be seeking re-election in the fall, he announced to council on Monday.

Bumstead has served as mayor of the city for nine years.

“It’s been incredibly fulfilling and incredibly satisfying. Ninety-nine per cent of what we get to do has been amazing. To be able to represent your community and so many, very, very cool initiatives, but we all have that shelf life,” said Bumstead during Monday’s regular council meeting.

Bumstead says he felt it was important to announce his intentions for those preparing to run for his seat.

“I’m going to stay till October, and I’m going to complete the term, and I’m going to work hard. But honestly, I just am so appreciative of the support from all of the staff throughout the years.”

He adds that his decision is personal and not as a result of “rallies or the public”.

“For me, I’m going to be 67 years old this year. That’s a four-year commitment. So, I’m 71 when I’m done then. It’s a good time to transition and allow a new perspective, a new vision, new passion at this chair.”

Councillor Charlie Parslow shared his appreciation for Bumstead’s commitment to the community and work ethic.

“I think we all appreciate your contribution and your zeal for the region. It’s not just the City of Dawson Creek. I know we continue to work together for the betterment of the community, and we wish you well in your retirement coming up in a few months,” said Parslow.

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