Evans, Caron to run again

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Two more county councillors will try to keep their seats this fall as they let their names stand for re-election.

Division 2 Coun. Susan Evans and Div. 1 Coun. Ferd Caron formally announced their decision to run for re-election this week. Both were first elected in 2013.

Evans, whose riding includes Carbondale and Cardiff, said she had worked hard in the last four years to be an effective representative for her region and the county, who was free from the influence of special interests or lobby groups.

“I believe in researching and getting all the facts so I’m well prepared and briefed on issues before making any decision on them,” she said, as well as being prudent with taxpayer money.

Evans pitched herself as an excellent listener who makes it a priority to find answers for residents as soon as possible – even if those answers weren’t what they want to hear.

Evans said she worked last term to keep the county’s spending in check and create a sustainable road repair plan, and helped the county’s fire service gain Superior Tanker Shuttle Service accreditation, which should lower insurance rates in the Sturgeon Valley.

If re-elected, Evans said she hoped to help plan the future shape of Cardiff (possibly through an area structure plan) and complete the modernization of Cardiff Road. She also planned to work with Edmonton and St. Albert on the Sturgeon Valley special study area in order to bring smaller, denser, more affordable housing to the region.

Evans is married with one adult son and lives near Cardiff.

Caron, 66, lives with his wife in the Sturgeon Valley region, which his division largely covers.

“I feel honoured to represent my division and county and believe that with the help of council, I have been able to make a difference,” he said, when asked why he decided to run again.

Caron said he had worked with Alberta Transportation while on council to fix many long-running problems in his riding, such as the paving of R.R. 241. That project had been stalled for 12 years, but as he convinced council to expropriate the necessary land to do it last term, it’s now set to wrap up this fall. He had also lobbied for improvements to the Hwy. 825/37/15 intersection, and expected work on its proposed lights and bypasses soon.

Caron said he worked with council to dedicate one per cent of tax revenues a year to fix legacy drainage issues, and has seen drainage complaints more or less dry up ever since. He also helped the River Valley Alliance build the Sturgeon County part of its 88-kilometre long trail network near Lamoureux, and was proud to say that it would open this Aug. 26.

Caron said he would work to improve the county’s roads and community activity funding if re-elected.

Caron and Evans are the only candidates running in their ridings thus far.

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