Two declared candidates for Mayor of Melfort ahead of election

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With a municipal election coming up on November 9 the City of Melfort already has two declared candidates for the mayor’s chair. Councillor Glenn George announced his intention at the regular council meeting on Monday, February 10 and incumbent mayor Rick Lang already announced his intention to run for a third term.

According to George the step to run for mayor was part of an evolution of his thoughts.

“I said I would never get into politics and I did, I said I would only run for two terms for council and I ran for three. I like the job, I enjoy the job. I contemplated running for mayor last term and I decided that it was time,” George said,

One of the main reasons that George got into politics in the first place was his love for Melfort. He explained that the love translates into running for mayor. George made the decision to run when returning from a trip to Arizona.

“Just on the drive home, you are on the road four days in a row, and Peggy and I had time to talk and we just decided I should. She is with me all the way as I am with her and that is just what a good husband and wife are they have got each other’s back,” he explained.

George contemplated running for mayor last election and declaring his intentions earlier. The reason for his running come from the same place as why he serves on council.

“It’s a love of Melfort, I was in business for 30 years and I have been on council for going on 11 years. But I don’t just want to be on council anymore I want to be mayor,” George said.

Lang is looking forward to having competition for the mayor’s seat in the November election.

“The reality is that anyone who wants to run for mayor can. And I guess I would say from my perspective I would say the citizens are either happy with the direction the city is taking and the progress we are making or they are not. I guess that is the result of what happens in elections,” Lang said.

Lang confirmed it in the meeting and announced formally at the same time as George after announcing his intentions earlier in December.

“When elections come and mayors change typically the citizens are not happy with the direction they are taking and the progress you have made. I guess, in my mind that will be the biggest decision that they have to make,” he explained.

With both George and Lang running for Mayor two of the longest serving members of council will be in direct competition.  George has been on council for 11 years while Lang has been on council for nine years before serving as mayor for going on eight years.

“Is it nicer to have no competition? I suppose so,” Lang said.

Lang does not know what to expect with one opponent already announced for his chair.

“I’m not sure what his platform is going to be. I’m not sure what he sees wrong. Obviously there is something he must see and he would highlight as shortcomings with respect to what has been happening with the city,” Lang said.

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