Councillor Brandy Fredrickson grew up on an acreage west of Drayton Valley with her family, and was an avid figure skater and swimmer as a youth. After graduating high school she attended Concordia university in Edmonton and got a degree in psychology. Fredrickson is a mother of two, with a third on the way.
She says while on council she has had the opportunity to get a good look at how the town is governed, which provided her a glimpse into something that other mayoral candidates haven’t seen.
“I really got a good look, especially in the role of deputy mayor.”
After hearing that Mayor Glenn McLean wouldn’t be seeking reelection Fredrickson felt that now is the time to run, hoping she could improve communications with the public, which she says is a huge role as mayor and needs to be worked on.
Bringing her background in psychology to the table, Fredrickson wants to see a social return on investments along with a business return, something people might not think about.
“At times people get caught up with numbers, but at the end of the day we have one customer, and nobody likes tax increases. Business principles yes, but you have to have that human component as well,” said Fredrickson.
Her three biggest issues she would like to manage if elected as mayor are infrastructure replacement, economic development and the aging senior population.
“While on council I think I have definitely made inroads with councilors on the county side,” she adds when it comes to seniors more needs to be done. “Our seniors are waiting later until assisted living, there needs to be better wheelchair and scooter access for one thing.”
Fredrickson says ultimately she wants to make Drayton Valley a community that is harmonious with its neighboring counties, safe and one where people feel like they are getting the customer service they are paying for through their taxes.
Election day is on October 16. Fredrickson will be vying to be mayor along with Councillor Michael Doerksen and Cecile Shewfelt.
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