Mayoral candidate Dennis Trepanier promises a fresh approach by being the voice of the people.
While Trepanier says he is not a career politician after serving a term on Blackfalds town council in 1992, the 54-year-old wants to make a difference as a passionate citizen who cares about his community.
“I am listening to the people,” said Trepanier. “I will listen to the people. I will not represent anybody other than the people.”
Improving safety in the city, being fiscally responsible and providing quality services are among the promises on his platform.
“We have to think about the growth that is coming and the debt we are incurring,” said Trepanier. “We need to be efficient in all our operations and our capital expenditures. We also need to make sure the people understand why we are doing things.”
Trepanier says he supports growth but he is against raising taxes. He said the city should explore other ways to fund projects.
Trepanier has lived in Red Deer for about 30 years and raised his family in the city. He worked as an information professional at Nova Chemicals and as a scientific research and experimental developer at Deloitte.
In the last five years, he has commuted to Calgary for work as a business analyst and project manager for various contracts.
“If you elect me as mayor, I will be working here for the next four years,” said Trepanier.
“I have worked here for most of my career. It’s only recently in the last five years that I have had to go to Calgary.”
Trepanier said he sees this as a bit of a problem that he has to leave Red Deer to work in high tech because there are few jobs in the industry.
“Pull me back in,” said Trepanier.
“There are other people who want to work in high-tech industry and we need it here. We need to be able to work here rather than Calgary.”
Trepanier said he chose to live here in Red Deer and he will have grandchildren here.
“I want to keep this a beautiful place,” said Trepanier. “I want it to be prosperous.”
Also running for the mayor’s job are Councillors Cindy Jefferies and Tara Veer, and newcomers William Horn and Chad Mason.
Two mayoral forums are slated, one on Oct. 3 at the Red Deer Public Library and one on Oct. 8 at City Centre Stage. Both forums get underway at 7 p.m.