The City of Fernie council elected in October 2018, with Phil Iddon third from left. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)

The City of Fernie council elected in October 2018, with Phil Iddon third from left. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)

Fernie councillor Phil Iddon not re-contesting in 2022

Iddon has served on city council since 2008

Four-term Fernie councillor Phil Iddon won’t be contesting the October 2022 election.

First elected in 2008, Iddon was re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2018, serving 14 consecutive years under three different mayors while managing his business, Fernie Auto Parts.

“I contributed to the community for a long time, and it’s time to make some time for myself here,” he said in an interview with The Free Press, adding he’d be focusing more on himself and his business in coming years.

‘There’s a great deal of time that goes into doing that job if you want to do it well, and I think between all the years of volunteering and civic service, and working with staff and four councils, I’ve put my time in.

“Time to move ahead to new and different challenges.”

Iddon spent his time on council focusing on the issues at hand, often holding staff to the fire of public expectation, and acting as a conduit between Fernie concerns and the council. He regularly brought debate back to the numbers, and showed flexibility where it was needed but not required.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with a bunch of good people and to do as much as I could for the people of the community to better the community.

“I love the community and I love where we live in the world.”

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