Tilbury’s Bryon Fluker running again in Ward 1
With 38 years experience in Municipal politics, the former mayor of Tilbury is hoping to add four more years to his political resume.
Bryon Fluker, 64-years-old from Tilbury, will be seeking another term serving Ward 1 – West Kent, a position he has held since amalgamation in 1998.
Fluker told the Chatham-Kent Daily Post said he has been seriously considering running for Council once again, and just this week filed his nomination papers.
“It has been quite enjoyable watching Chatham-Kent grow,” he said. “It certainly is not perfect… but I will certainly strive to get the best value from the money spent.”
Fluker said the Corporate Review process recently undertaken in Chatham-Kent, and the discussion over a name change for C-K, really sparked his interest. Fluker said he believes communities in C-K still have their own identity
“The uniqueness is still there,” Fluker said, listing off events such at the Thamesville Threshing Festival, Tilbury Funfest, WAMBO and the Wheatley Fish Fest as prime examples where volunteers step up each year in their respected communities. “We must keep moving forward. and still keep going ahead.”
Fluker said he has been proud being a part of the Public Utilities Commission in Chatham-Kent, a group he says has made “aggressive” and “quick” progress.
“The majority of the water and sewer plants have been upgraded,” he said. “Many Municipal water lines have been expanded.”
Fluker said onn a local level in his Ward, he is happy with the progress of emergency service facilities and upgrades, specifically down in Merlin and Tilbury.
Fluker also sits on the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board and volunteers time with the Tilbury Family Health Team.
Fluker has been involved in local politics since 1972, and is a former mayor of the Town of Tilbury, prior to amalgamation.
“It really seems like a short time,” he added.
Fluker is the first individual to file their nomination papers in Ward 1 – West Kent.
The other incumbent Brian King, has yet to state his intentions.
Election Day is Oct. 25.