8:30 a.m., Jan. 14)
makes it official, decides to step down after 20 years
By Fred Sherwin
Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess (left) has
decided not to run for re-election after 20
years in politics. File photo
been 20 years since Rainer Bloess was first elected to
represent the residents of Innes Ward on Gloucetser city
getting elected on a platform focused on cost cutting
and responsible government, the avid cyclist and soccer
enthusiast quickly gained a reputation as a bit of a maverick
who always worked in his constituents' best interest.
It's a reputation the extemely popular councillor proudly
maintained for the past two decades.
Tuesday, Bloes announced that the current term will be
his last. After serving on six city councils with four
different mayors, he is retiring from politics to pursue
62 years of age, Bloess has decided that it's time to
enjoy life away from the political arena. He made his
decision while kayaking in Cuba last week.
timing is right, says Bloess. Twenty years
is a long time and theres a point to move forward
with your own personal life and I think this is the right
time for me.
his 21 years in politics, Bloess has championed a number
of projects, most notably the Blackburn Bypass and the
widening of Innes Road in 2002. He has always been a staunch
supporter of mass transit and he successfully fought to
keep the Bearbrook Public Pool and the Blackburn branch
of the Ottawa Public Library open when they were placed
on the budget chopping block in the years following amalgamation.
projects he played a role in seeing through to fruition
include the Blackburn Community Hall, the Eric Denis Fieldhouse
and the Hornets Nest Superdome. He also successfully fought
to keep the Blair Road fire station open when it was placed
on a list for possible closure.
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