for Medicine Hat City Council
I was born in Medicine Hat and lived the first five years of my life in Elkwater, until we moved into the city. I’ve been married for 23 years and have two wonderful kids. After school, I went to work for a company that was contracted by the city to upgrade the gas mains and services. I worked with them for 8 years in Medicine Hat and then in B.C. When I met my wife I decided to apprentice as an electrician, becoming a Red Seal Electrician. Over my 25 years in the electrical field I have worked all over Alberta on large oil, gas, power generation and substation projects. For many of those projects, I was in a management role. I have been involved in the installation of 5 turbines within Medicine Hat. Additionally, I was involved in the construction of the new water treatment facility. Over the last 34 years I have worked on the city's power generation, gas distribution, and water treatment with various companies contracted by the city. I have an extensive knowledge of what it physically takes to keep our utilities flowing.
Why I want to run for Council?
This is a question that I’ve been asked when talking with people. I have worked in many places throughout AB and BC over the years, I have never come across another place I’d want to live and raise a family as much as right here. My choice of work involved me being away a great deal, on various large projects over the years, and I could never commit to giving back to the community. I never had the time or ability to get more involved but at this point in my life and issues going on now, it’s time. Medicine Hat is still the best place to live, as far as I’m concerned but I believe we can make it even better. Some of the best memories of my life happened right here in Medicine Hat. I want to be involved with generating Medicine Hat’s advantages so you, and your kids, and their future kids, can make memories and love this city as much as I do.
Let's Generate Our Advantage!
I feel that Medicine Hat’s current advantages are slowly fading away. Growing up here and then staying to work or raise a family was a choice many of us have made. I know many people that moved away only to return here to raise their families later in life. Public-owned utilities, low cost of living, affordable rent, low utility costs, reasonable taxes, safety, friendliness, and beautiful views are things that Medicine Hat is known for. These are our advantages as a city. The Medicine Hat Advantage, as it’s called, was what brought people here and the reason many of us stayed or made our way back after moving away. We need to find a way to keep those advantages and create even more. My proposition to generate these current and new advantages is through keeping the city’s power generation, preventing the closures of recreational facilities, further exploring concerns of the waterfront development, all while ensuring tax dollars are being spent to maintain the city we all love and take pride in.