Experience trumped youth in Ward 4 during Wednesday’s civic and school boards election, as former mayor Don Cody successfully re-entered municipal politics with a 614-384 vote win over newcomer Darwin Zurakowski.
“It’s great to be back. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have liked to be mayor, but at the same time, I think I can do equally good work being a councillor,” he said. “I will be asking those tough questions, and I will be getting the answers.”
Cody was the city’s mayor for nine years, losing by a slim margin of 332 votes in the 2003 election. He has lived in Prince Albert for 30 years and operated a small business for 22.
Cody also served as a provincial cabinet minister for six years. He said his focus will be to ask a lot of questions, keep taxes low and add more industry and jobs.
Zurakowski, who has lived in Ward 4 for the past four years and was born and raised in Prince Albert, had been hoping to bring something new to city council as a young member.
“It’s just one of those things that you have to take in stride and know that’s obviously the way the process works. The people spoke and that’s great,” he said, noting his awareness of Cody’s experience.
“It’s a learning experience, being my first time running. I’ve learned quite a bit, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next four years pan out,” he added.
The small business owner said it was too early to tell if he would run again.
Ward 4 incumbent Jayne Remenda did not seek re-election.