Four more Red Deerians have announced they are officially running in the Oct. 18 municipal election.
Ryan Laloge and Janise Somer are the latest candidates to submit nomination papers to campaign for a city council seat.
And Terri Grills and Meagan Parisian are both running for the Red Deer Public School Board.
“Feels like I could be doing a bit more, instead of just complaining about the current struggles in Red Deer,” Laloge posted on Facebook. The married pipefitter plans to soon launch his election website.
“The only way we get through this together is everyone sticking together and trying to make a difference,” posted Laloge.
Somer already started a GoFundMe page to help cover her campaign expenses. Having worked for with the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, she stated she’s familiar with concerns of downtown business owners and area residents.
Everyone should work together because “we can’t police our way to a safer, healthier” city, stated Somer, who believes in activating “ordinary people to create a community where we share, care and become the best citizens we can.”
Laloge and Somer join three other city council candidates who have previously announced they are running in the municipal election — business consultant Graham Barclay, caregiver Matt Chapin, and physiotherapist and business owner Sheyi Olubowale.
Former oilfield supervisor Brad Magee and electrician and business owner Jeremy Moore have filed papers to run for mayor.
As for the two newest candidates for a Red Deer public school trustee seat, Grills has studied community rehabilitation and credits her mom for being her teacher and role model.
“I come from a long line of strong women who’ve been part of their communities in a variety of roles. I hope to do them proud,” she posted on Facebook.
Parisian is a mom of two young children who wants to give back to the community. “Red Deer is my home, and I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to give back in a new way,” she posted on Facebook.
Chapin previously announced his intention to run for a public school board seat, as well as city council seat.
None of the incumbents on city council or the two local school boards have yet announced whether they will run for re-election.