A familiar face has announced their bid for the office of Drayton Valley Mayor, with Moe Hamdon making the announcement on Friday.
Over the past couple of years Hamdon says he has been approached by residents concerned at the direction the town is heading, adding that helped him make his decision on whether or not to run for office again.
“There have been a significant number of people within the community, whether business community, neighbors or friends that have come up to me concerned about how things are going, and have asked if I would reconsider running. I feel like I can make a difference, so I’ve decided to put my name in once again.”
Hamdon had previously been Mayor of Drayton Valley for four terms bringing over a decade of experience to the table, something he says is an asset.
“There is so much from past experience that is important, especially during difficult times. Budgeting, looking at opportunities to save dollars and ease the burden on taxpayers in the community, having connections at federal and provincial levels.” He adds that money shouldn’t be coming completely from residents saying “We need to be looking at opportunites to invest in our community, as well as other sources of income so that we aren’t depending totally on the taxpayers.”
Hamdon says he doesn’t like to make campaign promises, calling them unfair. However, he did outline a thing of importance to him should he be elected.
“It’s important for me to go out and work hard to protect the existing industry in this community, how can we help? I definitely want to re-commit to our diversification strategy, and as well looking at our own financial situation in the community and take a look at how we set our priorities and put the budget dollars were they are most needed. Not only help the community itself, but put the dollars where they belong.”
After the most recent town budget reduced some services like snow removal, greenspace maintenance and grass mowing Hamdon says that simply isn’t the way to create a better town.
“Personally, I think the cuts should have been directed elsewhere. You have core needs that need to be addressed, so you take care of the core first of all and look everywhere else for cuts. You want to make sure you have a clean, attractive community. Infrastructure, core services, must stay priorities at all times.”
Speaking to the voters, Hamdon stressed the need for a Drayton Valley that is prosperous and positive, as well a partner with neighboring Brazeau County.
“It’s all about creating a positive culture in the community, making sure there is jobs available, attracting people to come back to Drayton Valley. It’s about the jobs and the people, and making sure we stay strong. History has shown, communities have shown where neighboring municipalities that work well together and are united, those communities grow.”
Mayor Glenn McLean has yet to announce if he will seek re-election this fall, but says he will announce his decision within the coming weeks.
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