Bachrach Taking Leave of Absence as Smithers Mayor

John Crawford

Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach is taking a leave of absence.

Bachrach announced at last night's council meeting that he wanted to focus full-time on the federal election campaign.

He's running for the New Democrats in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding, hoping to replace the retiring Nathan Cullen as MP, and he says, with the campaign pace about to click into high gear, he needs to focus on that.  

But he says it's not easy to step away from the mayor's chair.

"I've been the mayor for eight years and it's been an absolute joy and the idea of stepping away from that position is a bit of a tough one and something I feel really emotional about so in the interim, we have a Deputy Mayor, Gladys Atrill, who's going to step forward and take the reins and we have a wonderful team at the Town of Smithers, a great staff and I hhave every confidence that the community is in good hands," he said.

If Bachrach is elected to the House of Commons in October, a by-election would be necessary to choose a new mayor of Smithers.

He'll be up against at least five other contenders in the federal election:   Conservative Claire Rattee, Liberal Dave Birdi, the Peoples Party's Jody Craven, Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party and Mike Sawyer of the Green Party.


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