The Morinville News is opening its next two print editions to guest editorials from all four mayoral candidates. Yesterday’s online edition editorial was from Sheldon Fingler. Today is a a guest editorial from Lisa Holmes. Next week’s print edition will offer spots to Carrie Foss and Christa Naughton.
In 2010 I ran for Town Council because I love this community. As residents, you put your trust in me and elected me to represent you on Council. Now, three years later, I know that you have seen that I am a committed, passionate and strong elected official who proudly represents Morinville with integrity and openness. I am asking you to give me a new mandate, to take the experience and education that I have, to become Morinville’s next Mayor.
Throughout my three years on Council, I’ve shown my dedication to our community by attending every single Council meeting, being visible and accessible, and supporting every community event that I could. I know that people trust that I have done my job, read the information presented to me, prepared in every way possible to make what I know to be the right decisions for our community. This is the sort of trust that you can’t just give an Elected Official – they have to earn it. I’ve earned it.
The last Council spent a lot of time and effort to build the solid foundation on which our vision for Morinville will be built – but there is so much work yet to do. In order for Morinville to be the strong, successful, complete community that we all want, we need to do things better and we need to get them done faster. Let’s start with getting more open with our decision making and more focused on feeling like we all get value for the tax dollars that we pay. Let’s have the hard conversations about how we are going to pay for a recreation facility, how we can use photo radar as more of a safety tool, how we can offer the youth of our town the best possible springboard to become successful and responsible citizens. Let’s see some of these long term plans and discussions actually come to fruition with a Council that is effective and decisive.
I know that my style of leadership is what we need right now. We need a Mayor who is open, collaborative and puts the needs of residents first. Many members of our next elected Council will be new to their roles and it is critical that someone with experience on Council provides the leadership Morinville resident’s demand and deserve. We need a leader who will help Morinville to maintain the unique character, progressive identity and traditions that we have as we continue to grow.
I love our community. Like many of you, Thomas and I chose Morinville as the home we wanted to raise our family in. I want to see this town that we love protected and nurtured because it is that love of community that set us apart from everywhere else. Please take a moment to read through my ideas on how we can work together to make our town stronger and more successful at www.lisaholmes.ca. Once you do, I’m confident that on October 21st, you will vote Holmes for Mayor.