Patricia Jackson new mayor of Kipling, replacing Buck Bright

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Patricia Jackson is the new mayor of Kipling, defeating Tamara Woroschuk in the municipal election Monday. Jackson received 233 votes to Woroschuk's 136.

The six councillors elected wre Don Johnson (Incumbent) with 295 votes, James Gallagher with 259, Devin Draper with 245, Colby Sproat with 230, Tyler Vargo with 213 and Makyla Stender with 200 votes.

Unsuccessful candidates were Kevin Kish (Incumbent) with183 votes, Susan Kearns with166, Darren Szakacs (Incumbent) with 165, Terry Baratch (Incumbent) with107, and Jeff Hill with 50 votes.

After four years as a councillor and four more as mayor, Buck Bright didn't run for re-election this fall.

“Primarily what went into that decision was that I’ve gained employment in another community.”

Bright originally made the decision to run for mayor because he thought it would give him the best opportunity to make a lasting difference in Kipling.

“There were some things in the community that I wanted to see happen and accomplished,” he said. “That was one of the initial drivers. When you live in a community you want to help out as much as you can and I think municipal politics is one of those things. There’s a lot of people interested in provincial and federal politics, but the reality is you can probably get more accomplished at the municipal level than any other level.”

In eight years on council, Bright is happy with what he’s been able to accomplish.

“We’ve definitely seen some growth in the community,” he said. “In those eight years we’ve seen a new hospital, fully staffed doctors, an apartment building and an adult condo style building were built, we’ve continued with infrastructure investments in the town, we made recent changes to our recreational structure, and additional investments in a walking path. There’s been lots of stuff.”

After settling in Kipling for a decade, Bright is sad to go, having built many relationships over the years.

“I’ll for sure miss it,” he said. “My family has been a part of the community for 10 years now. Over 10 years you build relationships with lots of people. My wife happens to be a teacher as well so between her teaching and my role in municipal politics and my involvement in sports and recreation in town, you build tons of relationships with friends. It makes it really tough to transition out.”

Even though he’s moving on, Bright is excited to see what comes next for the Kipling council.

“It’s one of those things where I like to invest myself into a community and do what I can to help things,” he said. “I’m happy that I think I’ve done that. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the next council. We have a number of people in the community that are interested in running for council and some younger people. I think that bodes well for the community when you can have the younger generation stepping up to take responsibility and investing their time in council.”

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Rob Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator