Reeve Darol Owens plans to give political life at least one more term.
On Thursday, the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw’s top politician told the Times-Herald he intends to seek re-election during the Oct. 24 civic election.
“I’m going to give it another go,” he said, adding after 12 years as reeve, which was preceded by 18 years on local RM council, the retired farmer still has passion for the job and wants to work on important projects for his constituents.
For example, he said, the Regina-Moose Jaw Industrial Corridor is a project for which he feels a great sense of commitment and enthusiasm, and for which he hopes to see come to fruition in his next term if re-elected.
“It is important. We’re kind of at a crucial stage.”
Currently, he said, the communities within the industrial corridor region are working closely with provincial government and developing a community plan for the region, which includes the Cities of Moose Jaw and Regina, as well as three RMs and the Villages of Grand Coulee, Pense and Belle Plaine.
Working with the RM of Moose Jaw on this file, as well as other local issues, according to Owens, has been the City of Moose Jaw and its top politician, Mayor Glenn Hagel.
Owens said he was a bit surprised to hear of Hagel’s intentions to not run in the upcoming civic election. Hagel made that retirement announcement during a press conference at city hall on Wednesday.
“We worked with him very closely,” Owens said.
For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.