Ordman taking another run at city council
A construction supervisor with a background in education and real estate is the latest to declare his intentions to represent Red Deerians at the city council table.
This is Ben Ordman’s second run at council. The 46-year-old first ran in 2004 but his 2,404 votes were not enough to get him elected.
He has worked as a realtor in Red Deer, an education assistant focusing on special needs, a suicide awareness presenter and taught a community health care program in Vancouver.
Ordman is currently a supervisor at a restoration company in Red Deer.
He says his experience in both the private and public sectors sets him apart from other candidates.
“I am experienced, competent and fair,” said Ordman. “I am aware of key issues and sensitive to the diverse needs of all sectors of the community.”
He said his background will allow him to ask the right questions when making city decisions.
Part of his mandate includes identifying how progressive the city wants to be when dealing with the provincial and federal governments, directing more investment into downtown Red Deer and looking at more residential development in older areas like Riverside Meadows.
Ordman wants to look at ways to engage north Red Deer.
He is also concerned about poverty, crime and safety and helping small businesses in the city.
He would encourage council accreditation or professional development for specific issues.
He would also like to add more public washrooms in downtown Red Deer.
Ordman is a past president of Neighbourhood Watch and has served on the taxi and policing committees in Red Deer.
Other council hopefuls are Jerry Anderson, Terry Balgobin, Bob Bevins, Buck Buchanan (incumbent), Matt Chapin, Serge Gingras, Calvin Goulet-Jones, Tanya Handley, Paul Harris (incumbent), David Helm, Lloyd Johnson, Ken Johnston, Tim Lasiuta, Lawrence Lee, Dan McKenna, Victor Mobley, Dawna Morey, Lynne Mulder (incumbent), Janella Spearing, Troy Wavrecan, Jonathan Wieler, Frank Wong (incumbent), Dianne Wyntjes (incumbent), Darren Young and Calvin Yzerman.
Councillors Cindy Jefferies and Tara Veer and newcomers William Horn and Chad Mason are vying for mayor.