Teacher throws hat into ring

Sept. 16, 2009 – Kay Kerman, a Chelsea Elementary teacher for 17 years who currently teaches at Hadley Junior High School in Gatineau, is running for the Ward 4 council seat in Chelsea.

The 49-year-old – who met with the Chelsea Foundation’s Caryl Green (who’s running in Ward 2) and mayoral candidate Bruce Langer about running back in August – said the past two years have been challenging ones for Chelsea.

On topics such as the Meredith Centre, Kerman said it was time to assess the changes and move on, trying to find a way to make the decisions already approved best fit the whole community.

“I value the quality of life that we have here,” said Kerman, who has lived in ward four for 13 years. “I want to find a balance between the values we have as a rural community and the pressures for development.”

Ward $ is currently held by Josh Moon, who has said he won’t be seeking re-election. When asked about the dearth of returning candidates, Kerman said the current council was probably “bruised” from the past two years.

“It’s time for other people to step up and take the torch and I’m keen to do that,” she said.

Kerman is currently on a one-year leave from Hadley, allowing her to focus all her attention on council should she be elected.