Candidates lay out their platforms for the Oct. 19 election for town councilor seat

Questions & answers from town councilor candidates

Trent Cottom

• Why are you seeking this seat on Town of Stettler council? What is your passion for serving?

I just want to give back to the community?

• Do you have any particular priorities or projects that you feel strongly about in the town?

I would like to consider making Stettler Recreation Centre a year-round facility.

I would like to be involved with beautification.

We want to revitalize downtown so people come downtown, yet not an overly-fancy downtown.

• What experiences and skills do you have that would be helpful on council?

I work on a measurement task force on my job – much like a municipal council – and people from different areas suggest ideas to improve the company and then we discuss the ideas and come to a resolution.

I also serve on an industry measurement group for western Canada which serves a much broader scope.

• Have you been active in community for several years? How ?

I served on the fire department for two years and coached children’s sports such as soccer and girls’ fastball.

• Anything else you wish to add to your profile?

If I am elected, I hope to bring a younger perspective.

I have three children and we travel to other communities.

We visit facilities for various activities, so we can get good ideas for local facilities.

Sherry Larter

My name is Sherry Larter and I’m running for council.

This is an opportune time to get my feet wet and get a feel for how things are run in Stettler.

I do not have any priorities or projects that I feel strongly about at this time.

I would like to keep an open mind and learn from the pros.

I’m always up for a challenge.

I take pride in where I live and think everyone should show support for the community in which they live.

I am not new to politics though, as I served on council in the Village of Botha for seven years, three of them as mayor and I learned lots.

I served on the County of Stettler Housing Authority, for which I was vice-chairman in the last year.

I enjoy dealing with issues of the housing authority.

I was also on the County of Stettler Recreation Board for a short time.

I moved to this community over 35 years ago and I have raised two sons and a daughter here.

I have worked for Canada Post for 28 years.

For the past four years, I have also worked part time at H&R Block.

I have been a board director for Heartland Arts Troupe Society in the past and have helped on numerous projects with them, from stage managing, producing, to directing a play and finally acting.

I was the recipient of the Barb Morley Award for my contribution to the arts and volunteer work in the community of Botha.

I have campaigned for the Heart Fund, Cancer Society and Diabetes Foundation and this year I helped with the Stettler Triathlon.

Whichever candidate you choose, be sure to cast your vote on election day.

Darcy Bachman

• Why are you seeking this seat on Town of Stettler council? What is your passion for serving?

I believe that you get out of a community what you put into it.

I know that it takes and involved community to care for each other, value our diversity and shape a shared destiny built on our common strengths.

I know that no issue stands alone and that Stettler is ready for a councilor that builds coherent solutions to the whole community.

• Do you have any particular priorities or projects that you feel strongly about in the town?

The priorities that I have are to get stop lights at the intersection of Highway 56 and 44 Avenue by the RCMP station.

I will listen to the citizens of Stettler and bring them together to expand the beauty of our town.

• What experiences and skills do you have that would be helpful on council?

As far as experiences and skills, I served 13 years on council for the Town of Bashaw, the final two years as mayor.

I have shown strong financial stability, served with the emergency broadcast system, physician recruitment, and I have a strong working relationship with many MLAs.

• Have you been active in community for several years? How and what?

I have served on the board of Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services for the last two years.

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