Red Deer Coun. Buck Buchanan. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer Coun. Buck Buchanan. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer Coun. Buck Buchanan enters mayor’s race

Six candidates now vying for mayor’s job

Red Deer City Councillor Buck Buchanan has joined the city’s mayoral race, according to the city’s election website.

A former RCMP officer, Buchanan was first elected to council in 2007 and was re-elected for three more terms. He is married with three daughters.

Buchanan is the second sitting councillor to join the mayoral race. Two-term Coun. Ken Johnston announced last Monday he would seek the job.

Buchanan apologized to council this week for comments he made on social media that appeared to show support for a friend who was holding a Facebook live event inside a Sylvan Lake restaurant that was supposed to be locked down because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Four other candidates have also officially filed papers indicating they are running for mayor of Red Deer in the municipal election this fall: James Allen, a former cadet who’s held various jobs, joins businessman Dwight Hickey, former oilfield supervisor Brad Magee, and electrician and entrepreneur Jeremy Moore in the race.

Mayor Tara Veer announced last week she will not be seeking re-election on Oct. 18.

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