Kovach retires after 23 years on council

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#1 May 3, 2014
Kovach retires after 23 years on council
Guelph’s longest-serving current city councillor, Gloria Kovach, has announced her retirement from council after 23 years.“I will not be seeking re-election to city council this fall,” said Kovach in a statement emailed to the Tribune.“I would like to sincerely thank the residents of Ward 4 for their ongoing support and for entrusting me to represent them. It has been a true privilege.”
News of her retirement was initially made by fellow Ward 4 councillor Cam Guthrie on his Ward 4 blog.
“She is a wonderful person to work with through the ups and downs both inside and outside of city hall,” he said of Kovach.
“Her accomplishments ... are too numerous to list and she will leave a mark on this city that will not be forgotten.”
Citing a few of her own contributions, Kovach said:“I recall working to bring amenities to Ward 4, including our West End Recreation Centre, working with the Timber Framers to build the wooden covered bridge that brought our community together and linked our trails, and making decisions that would enhance our health care.”
Mayor Karen Farbridge praised Kovach for doing her homework and coming to council prepared. She called Kovach “an unwavering advocate for her constituents,” in an email to the Tribune.
“I know there will be many of her constituents grateful for her service and very disappointed to learn she will be retiring at the end of this term,” Farbridge said.
She also highlighted Kovach’s role as an advocate not just for citizens of Guelph, but for municipalities nationally as a former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Kovach also cited her work in that role as one of her successes.“I was able to work with our Prime Minister to ensure gas tax for cities and communities became permanent and sustainable so that we could better plan our city’s infrastructure and be financially responsible,” she said.
Kovach ran for federal election, representing the Conservative Party of Canada in Guelph in the 2008 election, coming in second to Liberal candidate and current MP Frank Valeriote.
She didn’t run again, choosing to stick with city politics.“I started this journey in hopes that I would be able to have a positive impact and make the city a better place to live for our children,” Kovach said in her email.“I hope in some small way that I have enhanced people’s quality of life.”
With Kovach out of the race and Guthrie running in the mayoral race, there are no incumbent candidates running in Ward 4. Currently there are two candidates registered in the ward – current public school board trustee Linda Busuttil and Mike Salisbury, who served as a Ward 4 councillor prior to Guthrie.

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