Creasey enters Lacombe’s mayoral race
Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie will face a familiar face in this fall’s election.
Coun. Grant Creasey has announced he plans to challenge Christie for the city’s top elected job in the October vote.
“I’ve got a long history in the community and I thought the time was now,” said Creasey, 49, a local businessman who was elected to council for the first time in 2010.
“I think there’s room for improvement in quite a few areas and thought this was the time to tackle the job.”
Creasey said there are a number of changes he’d like to see, including improving the tax base by promoting more industrial and commercial development.
He believes Lacombe has not been seen as business friendly as some communities.
“I want to change that and attract some new development here,” he said, adding that when it comes to development, Lacombe has lagged behind municipalities such as Blackfalds over the past five years.
Creasey is married and owns Central Alberta Drafting and Design and Central Storage.
Incumbent Steve Christie said he plans to run for his second term as mayor. He also served two terms as a councillor.
“I feel that this council is just gaining momentum,” said Christie, 47.
“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some projects through.”
Among the developments he is looking forward to seeing come to fruition is Wolf Creek Crossing, a commercial and residential development off Hwy 12 east of Hwy 2A that will include hotel, condominiums, big box retailers and other businesses.
The city is also busy developing its own 35-acre industrial park.
Christie, who is a commercial and farm insurance broker, said it’s always good to see interest in local elections and welcomes the race.
“I’ve always worked for what I’ve got and I’m looking forward to a good campaign.”
Christie is married with two daughters.
Under proposed provincial election changes, mayor and council will be running for four-year terms, instead of the previous three.