Councillor Tara Veer runs for mayor
Third-term Red Deer city Coun. Tara Veer is putting an end to the rumours and joining the mayor’s race.
Veer confirmed her plans to run for mayor on Thursday at Veterans Park, surrounded by friends, family, onlookers and veterans.
“I feel ready for a new mandate,” said Veer. “I have a great vision and I want to be able to work with the people of Red Deer and for me to be able to accomplish what I hope to accomplish with and for the people of Red Deer, I need a new mandate and a new level of authority to do that.”
Veer, 35, said she chose the location because she wanted to thank those who served the country because without them, she would not be in a position to serve any elected position.
Veer said something transpired within her when she was walking along the parade route in 2012. She said it came to her that “her life’s purpose was to serve the people of Red Deer.”
Although Veer said she has known in her heart for a while that she would run, she wanted to keep it close to her chest because she is still in a governance position.
She wanted to wait until closer to the election.
Veer said she will release her specific platform details over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, she said Red Deer is a small city that is becoming a much larger city very quickly.
“With challenges there are opportunities,” said Veer.
“If we make wise decisions in the short term, then I think in long term Red Deer can absolutely live up to even greater possibilities than we have accomplished before.”
Mayor Morris Flewwelling will not seek another term after 21 years on council.
In January, Coun. Cindy Jefferies, also a third-term councillor, announced she would be seeking the mayor’s position.
“You have to run your own race,” said Veer. “I think throughout the campaign . . . obviously that has been an undercurrent in the community, will two incumbents run in a race against each other? But my position is: I am going to say who I am and what I stand for. So I am running for Red Deer and not against someone.”
Veer was first elected to council in 2004. She is a past executive director and director of Children’s Ministry for Living Stones Church. Veer sits on various council committees, including the audit committee, the Community Housing Advisory Board, and the governance and policy committee. She is active in the community, serving as a volunteer for various groups and boards. She has a degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology from Red Deer College/Queen’s University.
Newcomers Chad Mason and William Horn will also be on the ballot seeking the mayor’s job.