Dawe confirms bid for Red Deer city council

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
September 8, 2017 - 3:31pm Updated: September 29, 2017 - 3:11pm

Michael Dawe has confirmed he will run for city council in next month's municipal election.
 
The long-time historian just announced his retirement on Wednesday after 38 years on the job and says he's ready to tackle some new adventures.
 
"The main reason is this is my home, this is my community -- I've been a very active part of it for a long time," he says. "Now that im retiring, I would like to continue to be very active and hopefully do some positive contributions to the community today and in the future." 
 
Dawe pinpoints finances as an area he's racked his brain over a lot.
 
"We've been in a prolonged period of hard times. It's inevitable that we have to accept that budgets have to be managed very carefully," he goes on. "I think we need to look at some things and say is this something that's nice to have or is this something we have to have and make some hard decisions."
 
Dawe has run under the Alberta Liberals' banner the last two provincial elections, also carrying the Green Party nomination in 2015, and served as deputy mayor of the Summer Village of Norglenwold for seven years up until this summer.
 
"In a municipal election, you're running as a person," Dawe says, "and hopefully you're running to be a community representative."