Rocky byelection called after councillor resigns

Rocky Mountain House voters will be going back to the polls to fill a council seat.

Rocky Mountain House voters will be going back to the polls to fill a council seat.

Only a few weeks into his new position, Coun. Rudy Lange has had to step down.

Reached at home on Monday, Lange said he is suffering from complications from pneumonia and remains in isolation.

Lange said he felt for the benefit of his health and local taxpayers it was best he step down.

“I actually quite enjoyed it while I was on (council),” said Lange, 54.

He tendered his letter of resignation from council earlier this month, expressing regret that he had to quit.

“I would be unable to fulfil my duties and obligations to the Town of Rocky Mountain House to the standard I had set for myself and thought the best action would be to resign.”

Lange was one of four new councillors elected on Oct. 21.

Council approved a byelection at its Nov. 19 meeting. Nomination day will be Dec. 18.

Advance voting will take place on Jan. 10 at the Lou Soppit Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Election day will be Jan. 15 with votes cast at the community centre from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.