Councillor Jamie McIntosh seeking re-election

By Leah Murray and Charles Lefebvre
September 6, 2017 - 10:57am Updated: September 6, 2017 - 7:05pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — Another incumbent councillor has announced they are seeking re-election in the civic election this fall.

Councillor Jamie McIntosh announced on Tuesday he will be seeking a second term on city council.

“It was this week four years ago that I formally announced that I was going to run for council, and I thought, first day back to school, that this would be an appropriate week to do this,” he said following Tuesday’s city council meeting.

McIntosh, a local teacher, says he has learned a lot in his first term on council since being elected in 2013.

“You looks back and analyze the last four years, (there were) some challenges and some significant accomplishments, I think, that this group of people have made for the city,” he said. “I think after spending four years learning about governance for the City of Medicine Hat, it’s something I want to do for another four years, if the citizens choose that for me again.”

If re-elected, keeping focused on the city’s Financially Fit for the Future program remains the number one priority for McIntosh.

“The city has a $16 million dollar hole that needs to be rectified, that is priority number one for me,” he said. “Ensuring that our economic development program moves forward is very important, and returning our energy division to profitability is vital.

“I think (if) those key components come together, things are going to look very promising for our city.”

To date, Councillor Celina Symmonds is the only incumbent who has not yet announced if she is seeking re-election.

Councillors Bill Cocks, Robert Dumanowski, Julie Friesen, Les Pearson, Jim Turner and Brian Varga have all filed papers to seek re-election.

Other candidates who are seeking election for city council include former councillors Phil Turnbull and Darren Hirsch, as well as Jim Black, Myles Mulholland, Maureen Roberts, Kris Samraj and Charles Turner.

Mayor Ted Clugston is also seeking re-election, and is being challenged by Scott Raible.

The deadline for nominations is September 18.

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