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At least one council seat will be up for grabs in 2014

Faulkner shares future plans, the rest of council is mum

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Council members are playing their cards close to their chest this week after a recent off-the-cuff comment from Jayson Faulkner confirmed he would not be seeking a second term.

That will leave at least one seat open for the close-knit team, which has consistently voted en masse on every issue this term.

Other council members either laughed off questions about future political aspirations or gave curt, no-nonsense replies saying it was too early to entertain the question.

"We're only halfway through our mandate," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden dismissively, when asked about her future plans. "I'm just focusing on the task at hand."

She mentioned that in some private meetings during her campaign, she had said she would only run for one term. Other council members also said the same thing.

When asked if she was rethinking that she said:

"I'm not thinking about the election at all."

Not surprising, in a way, given the sheer volume of work on council's lap and in the pipeline, from the fallout of the May long weekend embarrassment to the task force report on education expected in the coming months to the cultural plan in the works.

And that's one of the reasons why Faulkner will be bowing out after one term, as he said he would when he was running.

"There's a pace there that I'm not so sure I could sustain for another (term)," he added, pointing to his other commitments as general manager of the Sea to Sky Gondola and chair of the Spearhead Huts project.

If there was one thing that could have swayed him to rethink his decision, it was the people.

Not "the people" who elected him, rather the people he has been working closely with these past 18 months, his elected colleagues on council and the staff at municipal hall.

"I'm enjoying it," said Faulkner. "I'm really enjoying it much more than I thought I would."

But, not enough to change his mind.

At the half way mark of their current term,

Pique checked in with council to see if anyone else has made up their minds.

"We're only half way there," laughed Roger McCarthy. "If I gave a fast answer it wouldn't be yes or no. It's too early to tell."

McCarthy said he didn't think about a potential six-year commitment (two terms) when he first decided to run.

"I was even questioning that I was going to get elected!" said the man who secured the most votes.

Jack Crompton joked: "I should probably tell Caroline (his wife) before I tell you!"

They have not sat down and talked about a second term.

Andrée Janyk also said she hasn't made up her mind but she did say she's enjoying the job, particularly because of the environment created by the council team where there is the opportunity to express your opinion, but also learn from others at the table.

This board, she said, unlike others she's been on, is a place of respectful dialogue and listening where they strive to find consensus and are willing to make compromise.

Duane Jackson said it's too early to be asking about next term.

"My objectives for the next 15 months as a councillor are to get as much done as we can on the corporate plan and "to do list" before next year's election process starts," emailed Jackson. "Outside of Council I'm working on a number of things that will determine my personal and family priorities beyond that."

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