mayor in motion

For Swift Current mayor Jerrod Schafer, it's been a term for learning but the question is, will he seek another 4 years in office?

That question was posed yesterday after it was learned Regina's long standing mayor Pat Fiacco announced at a news conference that he would not be seeking a fifth straight term since winning in the 2000 election.

Mayor Schafer says he's leaning towards another chance at sitting as the city's figurehead after the last 2 1/2 years after enjoying the experience. "When I look at what I've learned and how I've matured over the 2 years, I've really appreciated it," he says.

"Certainly at times it can be very trying because you can never please everybody. You open yourself up to lots of criticism but to be involved in the community and experience some of the things I've been able to experience it isn't anything I wouldn't trade."

Before making his decision, Schafer says he will have to analyze how his role affects both family and work committments.

As for the announcement that Pat Fiacco would no longer be serving as the mayor of the province's captial city, Schafer says Fiacco will be a voice that will be missed as a counterpart. "Pat has been a good advocate for cities I think we've benefitted from his leadership and being on his side when dealing with other levels of government," Schafer added.

Donovan Fehr spoke with Jerrod Schafer about his plans for the October election and his reaction to Pat Fiacco announcing his intentions to not run...