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Ward 1, meet your candidates

<em><strong>Metro spoke to the candidates running in Ward 1 to find out who they are, what they do, where they stand and why they feel they deserve your vote.</strong></em>

Metro spoke to the candidates running in Ward 1 to find out who they are, what they do, where they stand and why they feel they deserve your vote.


Chris Harper

Business advisor and manager No. 1 issue:

“The need for city departments and council members to demonstrate, and justify, how funds are being spent prior to going back to Calgarians for more money through higher taxes and fees.”

Political experience:

“I’ve worked with City Councils both directly and indirectly on behalf of community organizations.”

Why run?

“Our city is heading into a period where there’s going to be a lot of cuts, and I think that the approach we need to take is not by cutting or spending more but by doing more with what we already have.”


Dale Hodges
Alderman, Ward 1

No. 1 issue:

“Finalizing a land purchase agreement with the Province of Alberta to enable the Northwest Recreation Centre Project to proceed.”

Political experience:

Nine terms as a member of Calgary City Council.

Why run?

“There’s some projects ... that I want to see through to completion ... (including) the Northwest Regional Recreation Centre and the extension of the LRT out to Tuscany.”


Ric Lockhart
Management, Canada Safeway

No. 1 issue:

“Financial responsibility and accountability.”

Political experience:

“None. I’m all business, family and community.”

Why run?

“I couldn’t find the right representation for my community. There were too many politicians and not enough real people.”


Bill Scott
Retired businessman

No 1. issue:

“Prudent fiscal management that provides true value from every tax dollar.”

Political experience:

“Twenty-five years of community leadership.”

Why run?

“To bring responsible change to city hall.”


Norm Perrault
Retired general contractor

No. 1 issue:

“The way the city has been wasting money could build the airport tunnel (and) other infrastructure.”

Political experience:

“(Past) president of the Bowness Community Association, director of community planning and development, and I’ve always volunteered for many of the community concerns.”

Why run?

“To stop the wasting of taxpayers’ dollars. ... City policies need to be changed for that reason.”


Judi Vandenbrink
Business owner and environmental consultant

No. 1 issue:

“Fiscal responsibility and citizen engagement.”

Political experience:

“Worked on environmental campaigns to preserve parks, wildlife and waterways, as well as being an advocate for innovative people and entrepreneurs.”

Why run?

“I’ve lived in Calgary over 25 years, raised two daughters, (and) have seen many changes. One of them is the sense of community seems to have been lost in Calgary, and I want to bring that back.”

 
 
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