Richardson runs for town council

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A Morinville sports equipment vendor says he’ll bring more tennis courts and ball diamonds to town if he’s elected to council this fall.

Scott Richardson, 32, is the first non-incumbent to declare his candidacy for town council in this fall’s Morinville election.

A lifelong resident of Morinville who is married with four kids, Richardson is the owner of Morinville Sports and president of Morinville Minor Baseball. He is also a level director with the Sturgeon Hockey Club.

Richardson said his diverse background (which included stints as a mortgage broker and electrician) and many years in Morinville made him well aware of the town’s issues and gave him a keen interest in its success.

“One of the big things I want to get is more recreational facilities for the kids,” he said, when asked about his priorities.

Richardson said Morinville had an abundance of free sports and recreation opportunities when he was growing up, but that today’s youth have few such chances unless they live in places like St. Albert.

“We had tennis courts. They’re now gone. We had basketball courts. They’re now gone.”

Richardson said he was currently working to get more hardball baseball diamonds built in town and would lobby to build other free public sports facilities if elected.

“I’m just a huge advocate for sports.”

Richardson wanted to have the town do more to stimulate commercial development if he was elected in order to lessen the tax burden on residents. When pressed for specifics, he said this could involve more promotion of local businesses and more efforts by the town’s economic development department to identify the needs of local companies.

Richardson is so far the only person besides mayoral candidate Barry Turner to file his Notice of Intent to Run for for this fall’s town election, according to the town’s election website. Candidates must file said form before accepting any campaign donations.

Coun. Nicole Boutestein has said she plans to seek re-election, while Mayor Lisa Holmes, Coun. Brennan Fitzgerald and Coun. Gord Putnam have said they will not run again.

Nomination Day is Sept. 18.

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