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Betty Ponto to join councillor's race in Taylor

Five-term councillor still enjoying the role
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Betty Ponto signs a document after taking the oath of office in November 2018. Ponto has announced she will put her name forward for October's municipal election in Taylor.

Current Taylor councillor Betty Ponto’s name will once again be on the municipal election ballot come this October.

The long-time resident and close to 17-year member of district council will be challenging for one of four seats up for grabs for councillor.

“Do I still enjoy it? Yes. Do I still have something to contribute? I believe I do. Do I want to see things completed? Absolutely,” said Ponto

“That’s part of the reason for running. You always want to see things finished once they’ve started.”

Leading that list is follow-through on the recommendations of an organizational review into the district’s operations.

“Along with that will go a whole bunch of policies. It’s a huge amount for staff but we work along side them,” said Ponto in shaping a future direction.

“Updating of our bylaws is another one. Some of them are very old, but that’s a combination of council, staff, and the residents.”

Asset management is another priority she feels the next council will need to address.

“What we have, what shape it’s in right now, and what we have to plan for, in the way of replacement, in the future,” said Ponto, in explaining the focus.

“Water lines, equipment, buildings…even roads. You want to be looking as much in advance of your assets. Things can always break down, but it’s good to be ready if they do.”

Like many in the public eye, Ponto originally decided to run for council in 2005 to give back to her community.

After serving on a number of volunteer boards, it seemed, for her, a natural progression to move into public office.

“It’s kinda like a jigsaw puzzle…putting the pieces together,” an analogy Ponto uses to describe the role of council. “Seeing a vision to completion.”

“I guess I first decided to first run because I’m a staunch supporter of this community. I think my ambition then and now is to keep Taylor the best community that it is.”

British Columbians in municipalities across the province head to the polls Oct. 15.