In response to the recent interest and inquiries by the media and the public at large, I would like to announce the following. First of all, my family and I wish to thank all who continue to support my public service to the community.
I must say how surprised and at the same time honoured at the sudden influx of calls and media interest I have experienced since both our current MLAs, Cal Dallas and Mary Anne Jablonski, announced their retirement. Since that moment, it has been an intense time of reflection and consideration for my family and me.
I predict the call for those wishing to serve in Alberta’s legislative assembly as MLAs for Red Deer will be put out shortly. Where this will be a great opportunity for two special Albertans, I only know this time around will not be an opportunity of mine.
There were many variables to consider: my family, my employer, life balance and my current position as a city councillor. Ultimately, for me I still have so much to give our city locally. As Red Deer transitions to Alberta’s best city to work, live and play, there is still so much good work I wish to accomplish with city council.
The Riverlands/Railyards developments, our unique geographic location within the province, arts, culture, social infrastructure, the upcoming Canada Winter Games, city operational efficiencies, and our position as a leader in municipal environmental sustainability are only but a few areas that I feel I can still contribute and add value to.
In short, my time within Red Deer city council is not yet done.
I wish those who do make a run to become an MLA for Red Deer all the best and look forward to working with those individuals in the future.