Another hat thrown in Trail mayor’s ring

City of Trail: Jones, Doug – Mayor Candidate. Retired union president joins race

Former Local 480 President, Doug Jones, has openly declared his intent to file the necessary paperwork to enter the race to become Mayor of Trail in the coming municipal elections this fall.

The 61-year-old Jones retired from his position with the Steelworkers union a year ago but says he feels passionate about the area and the community and is willing to set aside his golf game to take on the demands of running for the mayor’s job.

“There’s a lot that can be accomplished and it’s a challenge I’d like to take on,” said Jones. “Of course I’m not taking this lightly, I’ve had conversations with friends and family and I feel I’ve got support.”

Jones said that a mayoral run isn’t a new idea for him but is something that has been in the background for some time.

“This goes back further than this election,” he said. “I was approached a number of times before the last election but had already committed to staying on through bargaining.”

He said that although he had a full plate with his union position, keeping tabs on civic politics was something that always drew his attention, largely because people were encouraging him to consider that course.

“I think the reason people are interested in seeing me run is I know all the players in the area, although a lot of that could change after the election,” he said. “I have a lot of experience in negotiations at high levels, I believe that I could bring some peace to this area.”

In spite of the fact that the only other individual who has openly declared an interest in the mayor’s position is Mike Martin, the retired general manager of Teck Metal’s Trail operations who would have sat across the table from Jones during negotiations at the area’s largest employer, Jones maintains that his current goal has nothing to do with his former position or any kind of unstated rivalry.

“I want to immediately dispel any kind of union versus company thoughts right now,” Jones said. “Both Mike and I have moved on, we retired from those positions and, truth be told, he and I worked through a lot together at Teck. This is more about what I bring to council and the community, it might be a different approach than Mike but this has nothing to do with political parties or old arguments. This is civic politics and what we can do for this area.

“I want to make a difference for the community and for the surrounding area. I was born and raised here, my whole family was raised here, my sisters are here, and my daughter owns a small business in town. I want to make it better for everyone.

“I think that building integrity and trust in some of the relationships may be the biggest challenge but we need to get the community moving forward.”

Just Posted

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Early Trail borrowed a couple of names from the U.S.

Place Names: Connection between Trail and Butte, Montana

First Past the Post is the only option

Letter to the Editor by Dieter Bogs of Trail

Acid tainted vehicles from Trail spills, held for evidence

Contaminated vehicles are evidence in ICBC’s lawsuit against “negligent parties”

Kootenay Boundary swears in 7 new directors

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary swears in 7 new directors and 6 returning directors

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read