By Stephen Dafoe
Gibbons – Once again this election cycle, Gibbons voters will have to find something else to do on Election Day other than vote. Monday’s nomination deadline passed with just enough nomination papers filed to fill the seven seats on Gibbons Town Council.
Returning for his tenth term on council is Mayor Bill Nimmo, who was first elected as a councillor in 1983. The long-time politician served one term as councillor before taking the mayor’s chair. He has gone unopposed in his bid to be Mayor of Gibbons in the past seven elections.
“There’s a fair amount of satisfaction in working your way through (at times) a slow-moving system and achieving some things,” the 71-year-old mayor said of his desire to keep involved in municipal politics. “I’m just a pretty ordinary guy and I kind of always felt good that us ordinary people can achieve some things.”
Nimmo said he’s never been one to be fancy and always been someone who enjoys working hard. Nimmo said that throughout his political career he’s never been afraid to fail because a fear of failure often results in an inability to try something.
Nimmo is joined by incumbent councillors Doug Horner, Bart Wyatt, Ed Parsons and George Fraser. Councillors Lanny Boutin and Nikki Smyth did not seek re-election. Joining the incumbents at the council table is James Rollison, who has served Gibbons Town Council for two terms in the past, and newcomer Norm Sandahl, vice president of the Alberta-N.W.T. Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The mayor said he was a little disappointed that none of Gibbons’ women put their names forward to run for council, although he had anticipated that a couple were considering it.
“I guess you take what you get, and I think the people that are there will be good councillors,” Nimmo said, noting that the all-male council will seek a female point of view from outside council chambers.