Three candidates for the job of mayor and nine looking to fill two council positions have made their final push to the polls of next week’s byelection.
Three public forums for the political hopefuls have been held of the last week on topics of tourism and economic development, social causes and the future of development in Canmore.
“You may know I have always been a strong advocate of responsible development in the valley,” said mayoral candidate John Borrowman. “I believe I have strong support in the business and development sectors and I am pleased to know I have strong support from those who champion issues of environmental sustainability.”
Also looking to become mayor, Pam Hilstad spoke about the importance tourism will play in diversifying the economy.
“The time to plan and diversify for our future is now,” she said adding sustainable funding for Canmore Business and Tourism is key. “As mayor and council we need to be supportive of all industry in town, however as a council and as a community we need to recognize that we are in fact a resort community.”
Candidate for mayor Ed Russell touched upon a topic that has been a hot one in this election – taxes.
“We need to become business friendly,” he said adding lower taxes will help residents and businesses alike. “We must review processes and eliminate some that are bureaucratically onerous.”
Councillor candidate Karen Greene suggested a post education facility or research development company would be good for the community.
Shirley Ketterer said working with the neighbouring community of Morley would benefit both.
Vi Sandford said council must collaborate with local groups, the construction industry to balance the needs of the community.
Jason Best coined himself the candidate for council representing disgruntled taxpayers.
Rob Seeley spoke of his long-time commitment to the community as a small business owner.
Victor Zablotni spoke strongly for fiscal responsibility and having all levels of government accountable for finances.
Sean Krausert spoke about creativity and innovation as necessary for the development industry to move forward.
“I stand for building community for everyone.”