New Council ready to get to work

Two women, four men make up new Kimberley Council

Kimberley’s City Council for the next four years is a mix of experience and new faces, but one and all are excited about the possibilities the term will bring and grateful to the voters who got them there.

The top vote getter in Saturday’s municipal election was Sandra Roberts, who campaigned on her solid history in finance as manager of the local credit union before her retirement.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Kimberley who chose to vote for me,” Roberts said. “I look forward to the immediate future when we will get down to work on fulfilling our mandate to represent you in the most effective way possible. It appears that you have chosen a great team and I am anxious for us to get started.”

Councillor Kent Goodwin was elected to a second term, again with a fiscal responsibility message.

“I am excited and honoured to be reelected to Kimberley City Council,” said Goodwin. “I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s election, including all the candidates and those who took the time to vote. I am hopeful that, over the next four years,  there will be further opportunities for everyone to get involved in community decision-making as we move forward with economic development planning, a City service review and conversations about what kind of town we are becoming. Democracy works best when people stay engaged between elections. Please help us make that happen.”

Councillor Darryl Oakley, one of the more outspoken councillors from the previous term, received the third highest number of votes.

“It is a huge honor to be re-elected to Kimberley City Council and I intend to continue to work hard for our community. I wish to thank all those who ran for public office, and congratulate those who were elected to council. I am looking forward to the next four years and I am very excited to be part of the team with Don McCormick leading the charge,” Oakley said.

Councillor Albert Hoglund will be the senior member of council as he enters his tenth term.

“I feel good,” he said of his win. “It’s nice to have the confidence of the people back. Hopefully I will be able to serve them well for the next four years.”

The other newcomer on Council is Nigel Kitto, who says he is very much looking forward to the coming term.

“Thank you family, friends and community for your support and trust in electing me to city council,” Kitto said.

“I am excited and proud to be representing such a wonderful community. I look forward to working with our new Mayor and Councillors during the next term. I intend to maintain open and honest communication with our residents and business owners. A community that is informed and engaged will ensure that we are ready to face our future challenges, and make Kimberley even better.”

One term councillor Bev Middlebrook was also re-elected.

“I thank everyone who voted for me and wished me well, your words and support are always appreciated,” Middlebrook said. “I couldn’t do what I do without you, I want you to know that. I think we will have a great, exciting team and really looking forward to the next four years. It will be interesting to work through the city’s challenges as well as experiencing Kimberley’s new growth; building upon the last council’s hard work and vision. We, as a team, will work on keeping taxes low while moving forward in a positive direction.  I promise I will listen to you, take every issue and concern seriously and work hard for Kimberley’s community and taxpayer.”