REDCLIFF, AB — A new challenger has emerged in the race for Mayor of Redcliff.
Councillor Dwight Kilpatrick has announced he plans to seek election for mayor, challenging incumbent Ernie Reimer in the election on October 16.
“Over the years, I’ve always thought that as a councillor, I have always got to voice my own opinion, and as a mayor, once a decision is made...that collective voice of council is what you should be portraying to the community,” said Kilpatrick, who adds he has not been seeing that lately on several issues.
Kilpatrick has served as a councillor for the town 28 years, and says the biggest issue facing Redcliff is getting priorities in order to spur growth. He says improving sewer capacity issues remains a key issue for the town.
“We have to come up with a plan for that, and it’s not like it’s new,” he said. “It’s been going on since 2013, but we just have to come to a grip and plan to go forward. So far, it’s just been wheels going around and around, and we haven’t got a plan yet.”
Kilpatrick adds he wants to make the town an ideal place for businesses to set up shop.
“I’ve always believed you can’t drag people into town, but if you can create a place where a business can establish and thrive, with good land, good taxes, good access to people and sales areas, they will come,” he said. “Businesses are always looking for places to expand to.”
Kilpatrick adds the next council will also have to discuss municipal service plans in the neighbouring communities under the Municipal Government Act, noting Cypress County and Medicine Hat will be sitting at the table in the near future.
The deadline for candidates to register in Redcliff is September 18 at noon. Nomination papers will be accepted in council chambers (#1-3rd Street NE).
The advance vote for Redcliff will take place October 4 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Redcliff Public Library. On election day, voting will take place from 10 a.m – 8 p.m. at the Redcliff Senior Citizens Centre (26 Main Street South).
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