Bon Accord residents will have to find a new mayor this fall now that their current one has decided not to run for re-election.
Bon Accord Mayor Randolph Boyd announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election this fall. Boyd, 54, was elected to town council in 2007 and has been mayor since 2010.
It’s time for someone else to carry the torch, Boyd said in an interview.
“Others should have an opportunity to come in with fresh ideas and fresh concepts,” he said.
Boyd has always been a strong advocate for Bon Accord and was a pleasure to work with, said Sturgeon County Mayor Tom Flynn. Boyd has also left the town’s finances in their best state in years.
“He was very helpful in moving the region forward.”
Boyd was vocal in supporting and opposing regional initiatives and worked on many committees and task forces with the Capital Region Board, said CRB chair Nolan Crouse in an email.
“It is hard to imagine how anyone from the smaller urban (communities) could be more active than Randy.”
Boyd first moved to Bon Accord in 2006 and almost immediately dove into local politics by running for office.
“I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you want to make a difference, you’ve got to be engaged,” he said.
Boyd said he worked to put the town on solid financial footing and to forge good relations with its neighbours during his time in office. He also helped the town become Canada’s first Dark Sky Community, which should draw more tourists to the region. Council also updated the town’s land-use bylaw while he was in office, and was now finishing a new municipal development plan.
Boyd said he was disappointed with the province’s decision to cut small communities like Bon Accord out of the Capital Region Board. Town council voted 4-1 in favour of staying with the board, and the province should have respected that vote.
One thing Boyd said he wanted to finish the town’s move to annex three quarter-sections from Sturgeon County before his term was done. The move will double the town’s land base once complete, which should help the town draw more commercial development along Hwy. 28.
Boyd said this fall’s mayoral race could be an interesting one, in that it might not actually happen. Town councillors are debating a bylaw that, if passed, would have residents elect five councillors instead of four and a mayor, with the elected councillors then appointing one of their number as mayor.
“You might get three really good people running for mayor, but you only get to elect one,” he explained. With this new system, all three could get onto council, resulting in a better government.
Boyd said the bylaw had passed first reading and was now out for public comment.
Boyd said he had no plans to leave town or run for federal or provincial office. He did not rule out a future return to town council. His time as mayor will end this fall, but he’ll still busy with his day-job as an electrical trades supervisor at the University of Alberta.
Boyd said he plans to stay on as mayor until the new one is sworn in following the fall election.