In September, Kenny Podmore announced he would not seek re-election after serving two terms as councillor for the Town of Sidney.
“I am very proud of all my work and achievements over the last six years,” said Podmore in an interview with the PNR last week.
“It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience and even though there have been challenging times, council always persevered and continuously strived to make Sidney a better community.”
Podmore, who is also the Town’s Town Crier, said he plans to stay on in that role should he be re-appointed and looks forward to still being a part of the community.
Podmore said his reasoning for not running again stems from negativity encountered through the job.
“Without question, I understand that as a politician, one can, and should, expect a degree of criticism,” he said.
Having a thick skin, Podmore continued, is a job requirement for being a councillor, but he is ready to get away from that aspect and enjoy more quality time with his wife, family and friends, he said.
“I will continue to serve the community in many other ways,” said Podmore, who added he will continue to volunteer his time with various organizations.
“I can’t thank everyone who supported me over the last six years enough,” he said.
“My supporters, my fellow council members, the staff, the fire department and the RCMP. Without all of them, I couldn’t have accomplished what I did.”
One issue Podmore said he will continue to follow closely as well as work on as a member of the community is education around the McTavish Road interchange.
“I’ve spent three years working on making sure there’s better education around the use of traffic circles,” Podmore said.
“Whether it’s making sure all the rental cars from the airport come with a pamphlet explaining the use of traffic circles, or more public education on the use of traffic circles, it’s one piece of unfinished business I would like to see through.”