The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s director for Area “A” appears to have found the right balance of family time and public service.
Mark Pendergraft said earlier this week he will be running in October to continue his term on the Regional District’s Board of Directors.
“Yes, I am planning on running for another term,” he wrote in an email July 10.
Mr. Pendergraft was chair of the Regional District’s board from 2012 until stepping down in November 2016 — a decision he said he made to focus more on life around the homestead.
He also indicated he would be giving serious thought to calling it quits on what is now an almost 13-year career with the Regional District.
“I’ve been a Director since 2005. It’s a long time and I have to admit it’s a lot longer than I ever imagined I would be involved in it,” he said.
The Osoyoos-area rancher is also an active Fire Warden with the provincial Forestry ministry and leads a crew of Wildland Firefighters.
Despite his decision, the Regional District’s board will have a different complexion when it returns in October.
Area “C” Director Terry Schafer told colleagues in late June he won’t be seeking a second term and Area “D” director Tom Siddon announced in February he would be “hanging up the spurs.”
The Board also lost Area “G” director Elef Christensen in June, the Hedley resident passing away suddenly.