Says 16 years of municipal service is enough, time for some ‘new ideas’
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After 16 years of municipal politics, Pasadena Mayor Gary Bishop will not be seeking re-election.
PASADENA — Voters will not see their current mayor on the ballot for this year’s municipal election, as Gary Bishop has opted not to run.
The 16-year municipal council veteran said with recent expansions in his real estate business, Bishop needs to be able to concentrate more on the housing market.
Plus, he said, it is time for someone else to take the reins for the Town of Pasadena.
“After 16 years on council I think it’s just time for me to move on,” said Bishop. “It’s time for someone else to come in with new ideas and move the town forward”
During his one term as mayor, some of the issues Bishop had faced include, a major detour through Pasadena, the new recreation centre and the expanded trails system around the town, as well as the proposed marina/municipal park, which is currently being discussed.
A new mayor will have to deal with many of these issues, said Bishop. He said he will not be endorsing anyone’s candidacy for mayor, but has some advice for whoever takes helm next.
“No matter what you do, you won’t get 100 per cent support ... it gets frustrating,” he said. “You just have to make sure you are doing what you feel is in the best interest of the community.”
He said the new council will be walking into a good position, with the town’s infrastructure in good shape, finances in order and debt ratio one of the lowest in the province.
The municipal election will be held on Sept. 24, with nomination day on Sept. 3. A proxy vote is available, for which forms can be picked up at Pasadena Town Hall.