Present Moose Jaw Mayor Glenn Hagel announced his 24-year political career would come to an end after the Oct. 24 civic election; now that time has finally arrived.
According to the mayor, his decision to not running in this year’s municipal election was based largely to family reasons, and a desire to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
The Times-Herald asked Hagel if election day excitement brought any second thoughts about not running for re-election. “My wife asked after we cast our votes, ‘how did it feel to vote without your name on the ballot?’ and I said, ‘it feels good, Moose Jaw will move on and do well.’”
When he was asked what came to mind first after witnessing the final results, he said, “I think one of the obvious characteristics is council will be made up of a majority of women and that's a Moose Jaw first.”
Hagel believes it shows Moose Javians are ready for change. “It’s an indication of electoral progress and shows obviously gender is no longer a barrier to an election and that’s a positive sign.”
“I’m disappointed, I do feel that the ward system would serve Moose Jaw well, but obviously the majority didn’t feel that way,” Hagel said towards the ward referendum. “However showing that it was very close for how referendum questions go, I think it’s going to be a question of consideration for Moose Jaw in years to come.
“First thing I would say is congratulations to her,” Hagel offered when asked if he had anything he wished to pass on to Deb Higgins. “Thanks to her family for their commitment to the city; she has the skills and experience and will serve Moose Jaw with distinction.”
“I would also tell her to always be proud of Moose Jaw and follow her instincts in expressing the appreciation to the people of Moose Jaw for making it such a great place to live; my best advice is for her to follow her instincts.”