Mary Storry

ELECTION 2014: Storry decides three terms is enough

Proud to have been a part of the city’s history, through both the good and the bad times

After serving nine years in public office, Coun. Mary Storry is giving up her council seat.

Storry made the announcement at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

“I would like to announce, at this time, that I will not be running for re-election this November,” Storry said. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Campbell River for your support and suggestions during the past nine years, particularly those champions of the community that have made the job so much more interesting.”

Storry said she is proud to have been a part of the city’s history, through both the good and the bad times.

She also had high praise for city staff.

“I would like to recognize our city staff, our dedicated professional public servants, who have all been patient and helpful and go that extra mile to answer council’s questions and provide the information we need to do our job,” Storry said. “It has been an honour to work with them, and good to know our community is in good hands as I step back from this role.”

Storry, who was first elected to council in 2005 and served for three terms, said she is excited about the upcoming arrival of a new grandbaby due around election time.

Storry said she looks forward to spending more time with her grandkids.

“I’m really fortunate that I have grandchildren just down the street and I can be actively involved in their daily activities,” Storry said.

But while she intends to retire from local government, Storry has no plans of leaving her day job or of disappearing from the public eye.

“I’m going to continue to work in the travel industry and I’m probably going to join the gardening club,” Storry said. “I’ll be working on an historical project and I’ll be keeping an eye on this next council.

“It’s been a great run.”

With Storry’s retirement from council, there will be at least three new faces at the council table following the November 15 election. Coun. Ryan Mennie has moved to Lethbridge, Alta. and will not be seeking re-election and Coun. Andy Adams has given up his spot on council in order to run for the mayor’s chair.