Thirty-three years as Regional Chair, seven years as Mayor and Regional Councillor, and two years previously as a Woolwich Councillor.
Yes, after a total of 42 years of elected public service – Ken Seiling has announced he will not be seeking re-election this fall.
The emotional statement was made Wednesday night at a Regional Council meeting.
“I’ve thought long and hard about what to do, especially as I see many new challenges appearing on the horizon – to which I think I could bring my experience, my contacts, my knowledge, and my connections to the community. However, after 42 years – the last 33 being in this Chair – I think it is time to pass on the role of Regional Chair .. and I will not be letting my name stand in the municipal elections this fall.”
Seiling will officially retire in late November, but says he will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming election.
Reaction continues to pour in from Seiling’s past and present constituents – including Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, and Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky.
A leader, a mentor, a friend. After 33 years as Chair of @RegionWaterloo, and 42 years of elected public service, an emotional @KenSeiling announces he’s hanging up his political skates and won’t be running this Fall. Thank you Ken for your service to the people of #WRAwesome! pic.twitter.com/YKhCjFyf1E
— Berry Vrbanovic (@berryonline) May 10, 2018
Big smile on @KenSeiling as he poses with family after announcing his Nov 30 retirement with **42** years serving municipally! Thank Ken for building Waterloo Region into a great place to live, and a global powerhouse! pic.twitter.com/ehVQJcckMK
— Dave Jaworsky (@DaveJaworsky) May 10, 2018
Ken you are a class act who provided vision and thoughtful leadership as Regional chair for 33 years. A pleasure work with as a former MP and serve with on Council @RegionWaterloo https://t.co/GPny15nVZL
— Karen Redman (@redman4region) May 10, 2018
Meantime, there’s already a name in the race to replace Seiling as Regional Chair.
Former Waterloo City Councillor Jan d’Ailly filed his nomination papers early Thursday morning.
d’Ailly was part of Waterloo council from 2003 to 2010, and is also known for his role in establishing the Laurel Creek Headwaters Environmentally Sensitive Landscape.
Nominations for Regional Chair officially close on July 27th.