Brad Bowen (third from right) will be retiring from the Sparwood council at the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Brad Bowen (third from right) will be retiring from the Sparwood council at the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Brad Bowen to retire from Sparwood council

Bowen has served on the council since 2014

Two-term Sparwood councillor Brad Bowen will not be re-contesting the 2022 elections.

Bowen, who was first elected in 2014 by campaigning on getting more answers about developments around Sparwood, and then re-elected in 2018, told The Free Press that he believed it was time for him to step aside and let a younger generation step forward.

“I am hopeful that a large contingent of younger people will run for election this fall, it’s their future!”

Bowen, who retired from working at the coal mines before taking up his position as councillor, said that it was “time for a change” from the councils of old.

“In the past it has always been retired seniors that make up the majority.”

In his eight years serving, he said one of the most important achievements of the council while he was serving was the new skate-park, which opened in late 2018.

“You see it used every day, and that’s really rewarding.”

In stepping back, he said he was pleased with the direction the district was taking in putting Fire Hall #2 and the Multipurpose facility to a referendum at the coming election. “We’re taking the right approach … when you’re looking at borrowing that kind of money, that’s the way to go.”

Bowen said he was looking forward to stepping back, and that he didn’t think he’d miss the job too much.

“I think I’m ready to really retire now.”

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