Though considered a frontrunner, deputy mayor says he’s too busy
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Tony Menchions is deputy mayor of the Town of Spaniard's Bay.
The likeable and tireless deputy mayor of Spaniard’s Bay says he gave it some serious thought, but has decided not to seek the mayor’s chair in next month’s municipal elections.
Tony Menchions was being touted by some as the obvious successor to John Drover, the town’s longtime mayor.
Drover announced recently he will not be seeking re-election, opening the door to a change in leadership on council.
As the No. 2 man on council, and having topped the polls in the 2009 election, chatter among municipal observers quickly turned to Menchions.
After all, Menchions has played a leading role on council since first being elected eight years ago, and it’s been said he may have missed just one council meeting during that time.
In addition to being deputy mayor, he serves as chairman of the finance committee and is a member of the development and planning committees.
He is also chair of the committee that organizes the annual Lassy Days festival each summer.
With his finger so firmly on the pulse of the town, some felt it wouldn’t be long before the title “Mayor Menchions” was flowing off their tongues.
But it’s not to be. At least not time time around.
Menchions told The Compass today (Aug. 20) that he will not challenge for the mayor’s post. He’s not even sure he’ll be seeking re-election on council.
Menchions operates a cleaning company, a construction company, is a member of the band Greeley’s Reel, and is a family man with a wife and two children.
“The time is not there for me to do it justice,” Menchions said.
“As for council, I’m not 100 per cent decided. I’m hoping to be able to run, but I have to see how it pans out with work. Work got to come first.”
“You got to put the best interest of the town forward. How can I do that with the situation I’m in right now?
“I would love to be mayor, but when you’re going in the morning and evening and nights and twice a month with the band, and then trying to get family time in place too, there’s only so much you can do.”
With Menchions out of the picture for mayor, the attention is now squarely on the shoulders of Coun. Wayne Smith, who is said to be eyeing the top job.
Attempts to reach Smith on Tuesday were unsuccessful.