Candidate: Stephen Dafoe

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Running for: Morinville Town Council
Years resident in community: 11
Age: 55
Family status: Married
Education:
Occupation: Business owner
Email: author@stephendafoe.com
Website: VoteDafoe.com
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/VoteDafoe
Phone: 780-691-8240

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
There is only one reason to run for public office – to serve your community.
Four years ago I ran for a seat on town council because I love this town and wanted to serve this community. I still do.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
My background as a reporter, particularly covering council was a solid preparation for being on council because it let me hit the ground running with a substantial understanding of meeting and voting procedure, the interaction with different levels of government, and an understanding of the work done by council and the work to be done by council.
Having served as a volunteer and chair of the library board, I already had familiarity with budgeting. Over the past four years, I have served on the Northern Lights Library System and am currently chair of an organization with a $3.2 million budget.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
There are a number of issues the community will be concerned with – they will vary resident to resident.
Value for tax dollars, keeping the recreation project on track and on budget, continuing to work with  Sturgeon County to get appropriate funding for services their residents use are likely top of mind.
But hiring the right person to serve as our next CAO when Mr. Isbister retires is a big task, as is determining city status or not when we pass the 10,000 milestone.
Through all of that, ensuring Morinville maintains the small town community feel is important as we grow.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Continue to represent all Morinville residents by listening to and bringing forward their concerns and ideas, communicating with residents at every opportunity what is taking place, and using common sense in all decision making.

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