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Chris Spearman not running for re-election in Lethbridge 2021 civic vote

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge will have a new mayor later this year.

Chris Spearman confirming to our radio station this morning that he will not seek re-election during the civic vote in October.

Spearman has served two, four year terms as Mayor, first elected in 2013.

In a statement, he says it’s been a privilege to serve as Mayor, but it’s now time to go in a different direction in his life.

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“I am now past the age when most people retire,” Spearman said in a statement to our Pat Siedlecki Thursday morning. “This past year has made me realize how much I miss spending time with my family. This gives me time to plan for retirement and gives others time to prepare, if they want to offer to serve.”

Spearman will chat with us about this more today.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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