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Vote Prosperity 2021

Vote Prosperity 2021

Building for the future

Informing the public about the candidates and their stances on the issues that matter most to our community.

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The Framework

What is vote prosperity?

The platform was created so that you can become familiar with the issues our region is facing and see where local candidates stand on these issues. 

Why is it important?

To ensure the 2021 municipal election addresses the most important issues for economic growth to build a strong and prosperous Southeast Alberta.

Innovation & Competitive Strategy

Fostering long term prosperity in our region by implementing and applying cutting edge technologies and methods.

Infrastructure
Development

Keeping our region vibrant and welcoming and improving the region to invite growth and new residents.

Image & Branding

Ensuring the region is always putting its best foot forward in advancing positive perceptions of the area.

Workforce Development

Ensuring employers and employees in the region have access to the resources to improve themselves and their business.

Business & Financial Support

Facilitating a smooth transition into a strong and prosperous economy as the region emerges post pandemic.

Our Recommendations to Build a Strong Foundation

  1. Advocate for the use of innovative and competitive strategies to benefit businesses and education in our region.  
  2. Allocate time and funding to improve the infrastructure of the region.  
  3. Create a plan to address the issues related to image and branding that may slow the growth in our region.  
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to growing our workforce by promoting the use of professional development and talent attraction programs.
  5. Clarify taxation and regulatory rules and ensure equal opportunity for business growth after the financial recession and pandemic.  

Want to learn more about how our region can promote economic prosperity in the future?

View our detailed recommendations in section 4 of the Economic Impacts, Outcomes and Opportunities for Southeast Alberta in a Post COVID Economy Report created from feedback of over 500 businesses in our region.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has a long-standing commitment to upholding the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our team, our members and our Board of Directors are people from countless different backgrounds, working together with the goal of building our community to be as vibrant and prosperous as it can be. Our team values and highlights the importance of underrepresented groups, especially in the business sector of Southeastern Alberta.

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber is always working to create a united front of business owners, Chamber members and staff, as well as active citizens in order to promote the values and benefits of a diverse and fair workplace. We are dedicated to promoting action and change through the application of crowdsourcing ideas, political advocacy, and public engagement. The path towards addressing workplace prejudice is one that needs participation from everyone, and the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to be addressing these issues directly.

2021 Municipal Elections

Election day is Monday October 18, 2021

Check out this FAQ to find our more about how to exercise your right to vote.

What are we doing?

  • We created this handy Vote Prosperity Platform to help inform candidates about the issues that matter most to our community based on the feedback we received.
  • We are interviewing each Candidate and sharing their interviews unedited. Available October 4, 2021
  • We collected candidate information so that you can learn more about each candidate and reach out to them.

Municipal Candidates

Cypress County

Matthew St. Pierre - Councillor, Redcliff

Matthew Cole
Ward 2

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Robin Kurpjuweit

Robin Kurpjuweit
Ward 4

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

ernest mudie

Ernest Mudie
Ward 3

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Contact Information: Dustin.Vossler@cypress.ab.ca

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Della Burkitt - Ward 5 Cypress County

Della Burkitt
Ward 5

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

dan hamilton

Dan Hamilton
Ward 5

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

dustin vossler

Dustin Vossler
Ward 6

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Bio: Dustin Vossler is 4th generation farmer/ rancher from The Seven Persons Area (ward 6) he has currently served 2 terms on Cypress County Council.

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Contact Information: 403 502 1834, Dustin.vossler@cypress.ab.ca

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Matthew St. Pierre - Councillor, Redcliff

Richard Oster
Ward 7

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Contact Information: (403) 529-7025

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Shane-Hok

Shane Hok
Ward 8

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Contact Information: (403) 504-9753

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Alf Belyea

Alf Belyea
Ward 9

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Contact Information: (403) 529-7025

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Medicine Hat

Linnsie Clark - Mayor, Medicine Hat

Linnsie Clark 
Mayor Candidate

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Tony Leahy - Mayor, Medicine Hat

Tony Leahy
Mayor Candidate

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alan rose

Alan Rose
Mayor Candidate

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Bio: I came to Medicine Hat 32 years ago to work at Alberta Gas Chemicals, then worked at the Empress Gas Plant. I stayed for 20 years, progressing from operator to management with project management and business development duties. My past personal business experience includes owning Hair Salons, Importing and wholesaling Electric Bikes, manufacturing and importing wholesaling electronics. My Community activities include coaching girls softball, little league baseball, and In-Line Hockey was a board member of the United Way and campaign chair in 2005. In 2005 I was the recipient of an Environmental Efficiency award from Natural Resources Canada.

Platform: alanrose.ca, Facebook - Alan Rose For Mayor

Contact Information: 4035270750, alanrose@shaw.ca

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Michael Starner - Mayor, Medicine Hat

Michael Starner 
Mayor Candidate

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Bio: Been studying politics since I was 10 years old. I go out in the community every December as Santa Mike and im an Author of 2 children's books. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love my community and put all I have into helping those around me!

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Contact Information: Santamike99@gmail.com 

ted clugston

Ted Clugston
Mayor Candidate

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Contact Information: mayor@medicinehat.ca

Kelly Allard

Kelly Gayle Allard
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: I grew up on the West Coast, mostly the Lower Mainland where I met my late husband Carl. We moved to Redcliff in 1989 where his parents Joe and Lila lived. Carl and I moved to Medicine Hat in 1996. where we raised 4 children together despite many hardships - cancer, a serious MVA, health issues. We improvised, lived modestly and repurposed items. I worked various jobs and ran the household when he pipelined. I did the books for Carl when he was an O/O trucker; when the kids moved out I went with him as his swamper. 

Platform: https://www.allard4mhcc.com/ FB - https://www.facebook.com/kelly4mhcc/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/allard4mhcc/

Contact Information: E-mail - allard4mhcc@telus.net Phone 403-526-4272

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

bill bergeson

Bill Bergeson
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

mandi lee campbell

Mandi Lee Campbell
Councillor Candidate

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Bio:I have lived in the Medicine Hat area for 20 years, I am originally from SW Saskatchewan. I am a realtor with RE/MAX, my husband of 18 years works in oil and gas. I have done lots of volunteering in the community such as the YMCA with their Get Active Program, I served as a board member of the Urban Parks and Recreation, I served on the nomination committee for the civic awards, and I am presently serving my second term on the Medicine Hat Police Commission. I am a proud citizen and I love our city. 

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Contact Information: mandicampbell@gm76.ca 403-504-9681

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Stephen Campbell - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Stephen Campbell
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Brian Dueck - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Brian Dueck
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Brian has lived in Medicine Hat with his wife Holly for the past 16 years, adding 4 beautiful children to their family along the way. Professionally, Brian spent the last 3.5 years as a Facility Manager at CFB Suffield, responsible for maintaining and improving 150 buildings. He is actively involved in the faith community on a weekly basis. His passions related to running for council revolve around the issues of fiscal responsibility and public engagement on major decisions.

Platform: http://www.facebook.com/briandueckforcouncil

Contact Information: 403-458-2232, briandueckforcouncil@gmail.com, briandueck.wordpress.com

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

ramona robins

Ramona Karen Robins
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: I moved to Medicine Hat in 1998 to start my law career straight out of law school. I have worked as a Crown Prosecutor since 2002, became Chief Crown in 2009 and then Assistant Chief - Regional (a provincial role) in July 2021. I have twins who are 8 years old and my parents chose to retire here. I have participated the community extensively with Musical Theatre, Friends of the Library, Community Band, Medicine Hat Family Services, Highland Dance Association, Palliser Ethics Committee to name a few.

Platform: https://www.ramonarobins.com/

Contact Information: voteforramona@gmail.com

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Shane Gilmore - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Shane Gilmore
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

brad gruszie

Bradley Gruszie
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Cassi Hider - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Cassi Hider
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Bio: https://www.cassihider.com/

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Contact Information: The public may reach me by Email, Website & Social Media

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Marco Jansen - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Marco Jansen
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Marco Jansen’s extensive political experience includes policy development and board governance. He brought together people of diverse personalities and differing views to reach common goals provincially with the Alberta government as constituency president, and nationally with Unifor as a Shop Steward. He has been an air traffic controller for 30 years, Unifor shop steward for five years, and a constituency president for six years. Marco believes a healthy city requires robust and diverse business development and transparency in its governance. He believes in true representation. His vote will represent the will of the citizenry, not a personal agenda.

Platform: electmarcojansen.com

Contact Information: elect.marco.jansen@gmail.com

Contact by Phone

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Praveen Joshi - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Praveen Joshi
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Allison Knodel - Submitted

Allison Knodel
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: I am a High School Teacher and Small Business Owner native to Medicine Hat. I care a great deal for humans and navigate life with a desire to help others, learn as much as I possibly can, and spend as much time as I can with my dogs.

I think Medicine Hat is an amazing place to live and there is nothing but potential in our community. If we can inject compassion, strategic innovation and an inclusive mindset into our leadership the sky is the limit.

Platform: www.knodel.city

Contact Information: knodel.city@gmail.com

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Roger McClary - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Roger McClary
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Rockford Rutledge - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Rockford Rutledge
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Local business owner seeking a seat on city council. My main goal it to attract new and diverse business to our city. Industrial development will not only increase tax revenue, but also provide much needed jobs for current and future residents. 

Platform: www.voterutledge.ca

Contact Information: 403-878-0153, www.voterutledge.ca

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Shila Sharps
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Immigration Human Resources Professional with Sharp Immigration Solutions.

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

andy mcgrogan

Andy McGrogan
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Jeremy Silver - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Jeremy Silver
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Bio: A proud single father of two school-age children Jeremy started a home-based business called IFIX Phones in 2010. A decade later the IFIX brand has expanded into one of the largest electronic repair stores in the region. In 2010 Jeremy and a group of like-minded individuals started what was to become the United Way Spirit of Christmas feast, 9 Christmases and counting! Jeremy has spent the last 4 years working within the downtown core in a leadership capacity. He wanted to earn the right to run for city council and didn't believe in accepting a single taxpayers dollar until he was qualified to do the job. 

Platform: https://www.jeremysilver.ca/

Contact Information: 403-977-3766

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Charles Chuck Turner - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Charles Turner
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

James Turner

James (Jim) Turner
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Your Voice of Reason and Common Sense on City Council" Raised on a farm near Hilda, moved back to Medicine Hat in 1998 after being away for 30 years when we opened the Garden Market IGA Successful Entrepreneur and business person Married to Wendy, together we have 3 grown sons and 7 grand children.

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Contact Information: jimtur2013@gmail.com Phone 403-878-6241

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Alison Van Dyke - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Alison Van Dyke
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Alison Van Dyke has been the Food Security Coordinator with Community Food Connections Association since 2013. Medicine Hat is both her hometown and community of choice, where she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters. In addition to food security, she is passionate about community advocacy work including public healthcare, education, and French language learning. Alison has served in a variety of board positions with Palliser Friends of Medicare, school councils and fundraising societies, Canadian Parents for French Medicine Hat, as well as four years on a provincial food security board, Alberta Food Matters.

Platform: alisonvandyke.ca 

Contact Information: vandyke.medicinehat@gmail.com, 403-580-1003

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Justin Wright - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Justin Wright
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: I am a local small business owner and community volunteer. My management career started here, and I have been fortunate to manage several businesses around this great province, but always resettled in the Hat. I started a small mental health support group to help those I could get pointed in the right direction for assistance. I was able to connect the group with guest speakers who could share their struggles with mental health and their learnings. I volunteer with MyCityCares, and coaching youth hockey. The skills I’ve learned will allow me to transition into a strong community-focused councilor role. 

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Contact Information: www.wrightforcouncil.ca

wrightforcouncil@outlook.com

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

brian webster

Brian Webster
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: A long time resident of Medicine Hat at an early age Brian decided to commit his life to public service. After graduating from Crescent Heights High School Brian took up training with the CFB Suffield Fire Department which would eventually lead him to a position with the Medicine Hat Fire Service (MHFD) and on to retiring as Deputy Chief and Support Services. Through out the decades Brian has not only been a dedicated frontline worker, but also a Husband and Father dividing his time to various community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Medicine Hat Rotary Club, Medicine Hat Police Auxiliary and as minor league soccer coach. Since retiring in 2019 Brian has found many avenues to fill his time including spending time with his two amazing dogs, finally perusing his ambitions to play the guitar and as of recent making the choice to run for a seat on your City Council. Brian firmly believes that Medicine Hat is the best place in the world to live and has the best people.

Platform: https://www.brianwebster4council.com/

Contact Information: Phone: 403 502 7062 Email: briweb@shaw.ca Facebook: @vote4webster

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

brian varga

Brian Varga
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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phil turnbull

Phil Turnbull
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Business as my background. I came to medicine hat in 1980. I simultaneously operated three Canadian tire stores with two gas bars and handled land development activities. I was fully accountable for the success and failure of the businesses. We employed hundreds of people whose futures relied upon our success. I generated and studied weekly management reports to closely monitor the business to ensure success. I apply the same expertise in the business of the City. I am an informed, experienced and passionate councillor who will work with the council team to strengthen our city and services.

Platform: www.Facebook.com/philturnbullmh

Contact Information:403-526-3219,  phitur@medicinehatca

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Warren Pister - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Warren Pister
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

jay hitchen

Jay Hitchen
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: Manager with Pattison Media 1990 thru 2014. I lead a very talented and creative team responsible for The Sandfly Music Festival, Annual Food Drive and Flood Relief Fundraisers and coverage. Upon retiring from broadcasting, we took over operations at The Cheesecake Café. I received a Civic Recognition Award in 2013 for Community Inclusion having coached Judo in Medicine Hat since 1991. President and Sensei of The Medicine Hat Judo Club from 1995-2017. Former VP of Finance with Judo Alberta. An avid cyclist, riding in The Great Cycle Challenge yearly. This year I was the GCC Champion for Medicine Hat. 

Platform: https://www.facebook.com/JDH4YXH

Contact Information: email: jayhitchen@me.com Phone: (403) 548-4428 Social Networks: https://twitter.com/jayhitchen https://www.instagram.com/jdh4yxh  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-hitchen

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Darren Hirsch
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

nicholas martin

Nicholas Martin
Councillor Candidate

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Platform: https://www.nicholasmartin.ca/

Contact Information: NicholasMartinForCityCouncil@gmail.com

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Shane Gilmore - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Jim Black
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

robert dumanowski

Robert Dumanoswki
Councillor Candidate

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Bio: I'm a life-long passionate resident of Medicine Hat. My family moved here from Oyen AB in 1972 when I was one year old. I'm 50 years old now. My wife Pamela and I have been married for 26 years, and have 4 beautiful children (2 boys & 2 girls). I have 6 sisters and an identical twin brother. I've been employed by the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education for over 25 years as a teacher, Vice-Principal and as a Principal (for over 20 years). I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts Degree in Administration & Supervision from Gonzaga University. My family and I are members of Holy Family Catholic Parish. I'm extremely proud and honoured to have been serving the fine people of Medicine Hat on City Council as Alderman/Councillor since 2001. 

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Contact Information: Phone: 403-502-4348 Email: robdum@medicinehat.ca Facebook: Robert Dumanowski Twitter: @rdumanowski1

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

mark asham

Mark Asham
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Redcliff

Mark Payne - Mayor, Redcliff

Mark Payne
Mayor Candidate

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Bio: Worked in Agriculture and oilfield for the last 20+ years, hard worker, family of 5 , been married for 23 years , animal lover, trustworthy,honest,dependable,

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Contact Information: Mark Payne for mayor Redcliff

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

ernie reimer redcliff

Ernie Reimer
Mayor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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shawna gale

Shawna Gale
Mayor Candidate

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Bio: I have lived in Redcliff for over 25 years and am an active volunteer and business owner. I am married to Rob and together we have 4 children and 6 grandchildren and one great grandson. I was elected to Redcliff council in 2018 and in my term was involved with the Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan and Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework. I am presently an active member of the Redcliff Lions and Gordon Memorial United Church Trustee. I have sat on the Redcliff Recreation board for over 11 years and helped plan and fundraise for many projects including the Redcliff Skate Park and Splash Park. 

Platform: https://www.facebook.com/Shawna-Gale-for-Redcliff-Mayor-103612725375308

Contact Information: shawnag@recliff.ca (403)594-3190 

Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

dwight kilpatrick

Dwight Kilpatrick
Mayor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Cathy Crozier
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Shane Gilmore - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Matthew St. Pierre
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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William Ranger - Councillor, Redcliff

William Ranger
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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Shane Gilmore - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Jim J. Steinke
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Written Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

Shane Gilmore - Councillor, Medicine Hat

Chris Czember
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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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larry liepert

Larry Leipert
Councillor Candidate

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Recorded Interview: To be released October 4, 2021

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