Why are you running for City Council?
I have a great passion for our community and a skill set designed to serve in this capacity. I believe strongly that our community is special, a reflection of those within it and the many ways each of you contribute. It is a great honour and privilege to be asked to represent your neighbours in decision making - I take this unique role very seriously. I want our community to be the best it can be, a wonderful place to live and work, and I believe I have both the vision and the determination to help make that happen. I bring a distinctive perspective, different from my colleagues on Council but still directly representative of many in our community – diversity on Council is essential for good decision making. I bring extensive governance experience, a pragmatic and respectful approach, a commitment to open and informative communication and a strong desire to give back to my community. I set out to accomplish some very specific goals going into my first term and have either completed or made significant progress towards almost of them. You elected me on promises, I did my very best to deliver. This time I run on both my successful record and those continued promises of prioritizing economic development, ensuring financial responsibility, improving community standards, expanding accountability and communication, and empowering residents.
What do you hope to achieve in office if elected?
I believe we are headed on the path that I envision for the future of Lacombe - one that is forward thinking, vibrant, growing, and sustainable. Changes take time to implement, small course corrections are needed along the way. We need to continue our “open for business” priority as well as focus on improving core municipal services such as roads, waste, and bylaw enforcement. We need to continue involving the public in decision making and being open and responsive to the needs in our community. We need to carefully manage public dollars, spending both prudently and in accordance with community expectations of getting value for money. Finally, that decisions are arrived at when considering all aspects of our community and all who live within it – there is a diversity of households that needs to be reflected in deliberations.
Why should Lacombe residents vote for you?
I believe I have proven myself to my community that I am a committed to empowering residents, a strong communicator, responsive, knowledgeable, positive, and always willing to put in the work required for a position into which the community has placed their trust. Through solid servant leadership, I believe I make a difference for the good of our community. I am always prepared for meetings of Council and arrive carefully at my position on a decision. That confidence comes from a diversity of life experience. I have prior political involvement, as both a Trustee and Chair of a local school board as well as being an incumbent City Councillor and therefore both the practical experience as well as many years of training opportunities. Additionally, I work in a small, locally owned business where I have together the opportunity to see the challenges of small business in Lacombe but also the occasion to speak with many individuals as to what they think of our City. As well, I have volunteered for many local organizations over the years. Besides being rewarding to give back to the community, volunteering gives great insight as to needs in the community and ties one in closer to those who live within it.
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