Bowen mayor not seeking re-election

Mayor Murray Skeels says that he's ready for retirement.

Come October, there’ll be at least one new face at council meetings. Incumbent mayor, Murray Skeels, told the Undercurrent Tuesday morning that he would not be running in the October 20 election.

This was Skeels’ first term as mayor.

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“I decided it was time to get on with my retirement,” said Skeels. “It’s been four years of more work than I anticipated,” he chuckled.

Skeels says he looks forward to using his newfound free time to play golf, garden and travel.

All told though, Skeels says he’s pleased with his term as mayor. “There’s less conflict,” he said, “we’ve managed to make local government boring.”

“I’m pretty happy with the state of the island now,” he said.

Read Skeels’s candidate Q&A with the Undercurrent before his election.

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