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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Jan. 14)
Bloess makes it official, decides to step down after 20 years in politics

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess (left) has decided not to run for re-election after 20 years in politics. File photo

It's been 20 years since Rainer Bloess was first elected to represent the residents of Innes Ward on Gloucetser city council.

After getting elected on a platform focused on cost cutting and responsible government, the avid cyclist and soccer enthusiast quickly gained a reputation as a bit of a maverick who always worked in his constituents' best interest. It's a reputation the extemely popular councillor proudly maintained for the past two decades.

On Tuesday, Bloes announced that the current term will be his last. After serving on six city councils with four different mayors, he is retiring from politics to pursue other interests.

At 62 years of age, Bloess has decided that it's time to enjoy life away from the political arena. He made his decision while kayaking in Cuba last week.

“The timing is right,” says Bloess. “Twenty years is a long time and there’s a point to move forward with your own personal life and I think this is the right time for me.”

During his 21 years in politics, Bloess has championed a number of projects, most notably the Blackburn Bypass and the widening of Innes Road in 2002. He has always been a staunch supporter of mass transit and he successfully fought to keep the Bearbrook Public Pool and the Blackburn branch of the Ottawa Public Library open when they were placed on the budget chopping block in the years following amalgamation.

Other projects he played a role in seeing through to fruition include the Blackburn Community Hall, the Eric Denis Fieldhouse and the Hornets Nest Superdome. He also successfully fought to keep the Blair Road fire station open when it was placed on a list for possible closure.

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