By Medicine Hat News on January 10, 2017.
Mayor Ted Clugston will seek re-election in October.
After a speech at the annual State of the City luncheon Tuesday detailing Clugstonâ€™s view of the accomplishment of city council over the past three years, the mayor ended months of speculation by saying he will seek re-election in October.
At the luncheon, Clugston spoke about recent successes such as the opening of the Canalta Centre, the expansion of the Family Leisure Centre and redevelopment of the Veiner Centre. He told the crowd at the Medicine Hat Lodge ballroom that the current council â€œwas the best, most professional group Iâ€™ve worked with.â€
He said that after a large capital construction program in the city over the past few years he saw the near future as a time to cement new budget planning strategies, build up reserve funds.
Since August, Clugston has said that he was hoping to announce his intentions soon.
â€œIâ€™ve had a tough go over the last few years, and I have teenaged boys whose father works a lot,â€ he told reporters afterwards. â€œBut I still have some things to do.â€
In a year-end interview with the News last month Clugston said â€œCouncil) had a bunch of goals at the beginning of the term and the only one we haven’t accomplished is (developing the city-owned lot at) 603 First Street.â€
Clugston, born and raised in Medicine Hat, is currently in his first term as mayor, after having previously served two terms as an alderman.
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