Coun. Chris Stephan not seeking re-election
First-term Red Deer city Coun. Chris Stephan is calling it quits.
As reported in the Red Deer Express, Stephan confirmed this week he would not seek a second term.
Stephan and his family have bought a house in Red Deer County and he will no longer be eligible to sit on council.
Stephan and his wife, Laura, have had two more children since he was elected in 2010. The rookie councillor said his family wanted more space and they have decided to relocate to the county because it would be best for his young family.
Stephan was one of two councillors who had yet to announced his intentions for the Oct. 21 civic vote.
Coun. Frank Wong, a third-term councillor who was first elected in 2004, has been tight lipped about his plans.
Other than Mayor Morris Flewwelling, all other councillors have confirmed their names will be on the ballot. Councillors Cindy Jefferies and Tara Veer are vying for the mayor’s job. Flewwelling announced in October that his days on city council were over after 21 years.