Five candidates vie for mayor’s chair
Five individuals are in the running to become Red Deer’s next mayor.
Councillors Cindy Jefferies and Tara Veer and newcomers William Horn, Chad Mason and Dennis Trepanier filed nomination papers on Monday.
Jefferies and Veer are part of the 2004 intake of councillors and have nine years of council experience each under their belts.
Jefferies, 50, a former school board trustee, says she brings strong, progressive and responsible leadership to the table. She wants to raise the profile of Red Deer as the third largest city in Alberta and improve connections with the community.
“We live in a great city,” said Jefferies. “I want to continue to build on that foundation. Thinking about making our city affordable and enjoyable is the quality of life piece that makes the difference to all of us.”
Veer, 35, says she brings common sense leadership and “let’s make the possibilities happen together” to the table.
Veer said she has the passion, drive and energy to make those possibilities happen.
“We are a young, vibrant city on the cusp of becoming an even larger city,” said Veer. “If we make sound decisions right now I think the best is yet to come for Red Deer. And I think that I am the right person to accomplish that.”
Trepanier, 54, a business analyst and project manager said his mandate is to make Red Deer safer, delivering quality and efficient services and being fiscally responsible.
“It’s time for change,” said Trepanier. “I see council changing. When I look at the candidates for mayor, I don’t see that. I see realistically two strong candidates running that were former councillors. Frankly I think the citizens of Red Deer need another option. That option is me.”
Trepanier says he is a voice of the people who will represent the community at the table. Trepanier, a former Blackfalds town councillor from 1992 to 1995 says he brings private business experience as well has his listening skills to the table.
Neither Horn or Mason were available for comment on Monday.
Horn, 56, is a taxi driver with a masters of business administration from the University of Alberta. According to his campaign literature, Horn wants to focus on crime reduction, establish construction, tenders and bid guidelines, improve the city’s snow removal program and have affordable, available housing for everyone in Red Deer.
Mason, 26, announced in November he wanted to replace outgoing Mayor Morris Flewweling. Mason works in accounting at Manor Management. Mason has sat on the Wildrose Party constituency board for Red Deer North since 2010.
According to his website, Mason “aims to restore the core virtues of municipal government, efficiency, humility, modesty and thrift.”
Elected officials will serve four years from now on, up from the previous three-year terms.
There are two mayoral candidates forums – Oct. 3 at the Red Deer Public Library and on Oct. 8 at City Centre Stage. Both forums are 7 to 9 p.m.