Lacombe town councillor Bill McQuesten wants to become the City of Lacombe’s first mayor.
Self-employed in human resources and business management, McQuesten is serving his second term on town council and has served one term in the past as mayor. He lost the 2004 mayoralty race by 41 votes to Judy Gordon, who returned to municipal politics after serving nine years in the provincial legislature.
Gordon’s decision not to run again leaves the field wide open for McQuesten and anyone else who would like to try for the job. Alberta municipal elections are set for Monday, Oct. 18, just six weeks after the town is to be officially incorporated as a city.
McQuesten said that he knows of at least one other councillor who is planning to run for the mayor’s chair but has not yet launched a campaign.
Lacombe will need strong leadership to ensure that it retains its quality of life through its transition to a city and as it continues to grown and diversify, he said.
“The value of our green spaces and recreational pursuits has always been important to me and I will continue my efforts to ensure that this is a priority,” he said.