Wait and see for PoMo councillors

Clockwise from top: Port Moody Councillors Mike Clay, Diana Dilworth, Meghan Lahti and Gerry Nuttal. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Clockwise from top: Port Moody Councillors Mike Clay, Diana Dilworth, Meghan Lahti and Gerry Nuttal.
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Port Moody city council may be on its summer break but with fall elections looming, talk is starting to swirl at city hall about who’s doing what come November.

Mayor Joe Trasolini announced last month he wouldn’t seek a fifth term in office while Port Moody’s top staffer, Gaetan Royer, resigned from his post as city manager, signalling that the winds of change are blowing strong in the lead-up to the Nov. 19 civic election.

While no sitting councillor has officially tossed his or her hat into the ring for the mayor’s job yet, only one councillor has gone on the record to say she will not seek the mayor’s chair and one other has said she will not run for council again but is considering a shot at mayor.

Coun. Diana Dilworth told The Tri-City News she’s excited to run for a fourth term as city councillor in November but her answer to whether she’s considering a mayoral run is “a categorical no.”

Every other Port Moody councillor — with the exception of Coun. Mike Clay, who did not return calls or emails to The Tri-City News — is leaving the option for a mayoral run open.

Coun. Meghan Lahti told The News via email on July 20 that she would not seek a spot on city council again but said, “At this time, I am undecided but if I choose to run it will be for mayor.”

Coun. Gerry Nuttall said in an interview that he would run again for council only if there was at least one mayoral candidate running with a clear vision for the city who was willing to work with council as a team.

“If that candidate does not emerge, then I will look at my options,” Nuttall said, leaving the door open for a possible mayoral run.

Councillors Bob Elliott and Karen Rockwell both said they were undecided about whether they would run for either mayor or council and wanted to “keep all options open” in the meantime.

Some councillors who spoke privately said they believed Coun. Clay could make a strong candidate for mayor and wanted to hear what his plans were before making any announcements.

Council returns from its summer break with a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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