Darrell Dunn is joining fall’s municipal election race with the aim of grabbing a councillor’s seat.
Dunn announced his intentions in front of the cenotaph on August 17th. In his 11 years in Lloydminster, Dunn has served as a board member on the Snowflake House Respite Foundation and as a part of the Border City Collectors Club Show and Sale as well as other non-profit organizations in the city.
“Government has been a passion for years and years. I’m now in a position where I can devote the time and frankly to do the job it takes some time.”
He says listening is an important skill for every councillor and hopes to see more residents take an interest in municipal matters and government.
Dunn has a varied background in several industries including the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the Government of Saskatchewan and is a former Calgary police officer.
He emphasizes long-term planning as a key focus. He says Lloydminster has many advantages to help in the recovery from COVID-19 such as the oil refineries and two major rail transportation companies, but careful planning is needed as there are many unknowns.
“When you’re dealing with an operating budget on an annual basis of about $85 million balances have to be made. We’re not sure what effect COVID will have on provincial funding and on city revenues. There’s a lot of issues that are going to take some very careful study to deal with.”
Dunn commends the current mayor and city council on their work in the past four years on projects such as the wastewater treatment plant. He says they’ve done a great job in reorienting the city, transparency and improving the relationship between the council and administration.
“As a councillor, if I’m able to be elected, is to continue on that direction. Long-term planning is very important. It is projected that the city will be upwards of 50,000 to 60,000 people by 2050 and all we need is for oil to go back to $70 to $80 a barrel and we can see those kinds of things happen.”
Another issue Dunn hopes to work on is topics arising from the bi-provincial nature of the city such as seniors health.
“The linkage between the Saskatchewan system and the Alberta system, particularly for seniors, is a very difficult bridge to gap. There has to be a lot of work put towards working with both provincial governments to build those bridges and make sure those issues are being dealt with.”
The municipal election is scheduled for November 9th. Nomination will officially be accepting on September 22nd with the nomination period closing at 4 p.m. October 7th.