Harris won't seek another term on Red Deer city council

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
September 12, 2017 - 9:54pm

There will be at least one new face at the Red Deer city council table come next month.

Current City Councillor Paul Harris has announced he is not seeking re-election on October 16.

First elected in 2010, the local business owner was re-elected to a second term in 2013.

In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday night, Harris said he is choosing to continue his work in the world in different ways, including by getting his Master's degree.

"We try to elect citizens we trust and hopefully have the skills to navigate a system to make changes that serve the community for the better," he writes. "When everything is going well we tend to take civic governance for granted and many stop participating — isn’t it then that we shouldn’t? Complacency doesn’t serve us well and roughly 25% of us voted for the municipal council to serve us all. Voter turnout has been pathetic at best, and yet civic government is the order of government which provides the widest range of services and is the closest to citizens. We can do better and must."

Harris some work remains unfinished as it relates to his work on council, but adds he's proud of his success in making Red Deer a community that is more environmentally, socially and culturally aware.

"A younger generation will inherit this community, its strengths and its weaknesses. Young citizens needs to get to the polls, actively participate, and engage with governance. Red Deer needs you. We need you. The future needs you."

A Calgary native, Harris had served as council rep on various boards and committees including the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, the Westerner Exposition Board, the FCM Board of Directors and the Inter City Forum on Social Policy.