At least four local RDCK directors will be seeking re-election

RDCK: Faust in, Mickel probably out

One Regional District of Central Kootenay director for rural Nelson plans to run for re-election, while another is pretty sure he will pack it in.

One Regional District of Central Kootenay director for rural Nelson plans to run for re-election, while another is pretty sure he will pack it in.

Ramona Faust, director for Area E, which includes Balfour, Procter, and Blewett, says she will seek a second term in the fall.

However, Ron Mickel, director for Area F, which includes Bonnington, Taghum, and the North Shore, is “99.9 per cent certain” he won’t be back.

“Never say never, but right now, no,” he told the Star.

Mickel always indicated he would only serve one term and says he plans to stick to that.

That’s despite “two or three things” nearing completion but not quite done.

“I would hate to see those derailed. Right now is the most inconvenient time to have all these things on my plate. But it doesn’t matter when [I retire]. Down the road there will always be certain things that won’t be completed. At some point I have to decide.”

Meanwhile, Slocan Valley director Walter Popoff says he will seek a second term and rural Kaslo director Andy Shadrack hopes to be back as well.

“I have determined that I will seek one more term before retiring,” Shadrack says. “I turned 61 in June and even though I was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2009 I still feel fit enough to run again.”

Shadrack was first elected in 2005.

Longtime rural Salmo director Hans Cunningham has announced he will  run again as well.


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