Steve Price, a sitting council member, is Sidney’s new mayor. His campaign position paper was an endorsement of past mayor and council and how council conducted town business.
However, with this being the cornerstone of his campaign, he garnered only 34 per cent of the popular vote; not a strong showing of support of how mayor and council have functioned in the past. In fact, all other elected mayors with the exception of Victoria obtained 50 per cent or better of the popular vote.
If it were not for such a strong field of opposing candidates splitting the vote for change, our new mayor may not have been elected.
I hope that Steve Price understands the message that the majority of those voting in Sidney were looking for a change in the way council functioned and the way our town was being run.
It remains to be seen if our new mayor understands this message and is able to work with the largely new council to deliver on those expectations.
Ed East, SIdney