Candidate: Neil McDougall


Running for: Morinville Town Council
Years resident in community: 9 years
Neighbourhood: South West Morinville
Age: 76
Family status: 2 children, 5 grandchildren
Education: High school/post secondary courses
Occupation: Semi-retired
Phone: 780-914-1217

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I have been considering entering the Morinville 2017 election for some time. My decision had been solidified upon consideration that the mayor had been declared by acclamation and only six people had been nominated for councillor. In the absence of a 7th person in the running, the result would have been that Morinville would not be facing an election at all. I believe strongly that the election process is an important mechanism by which the residents have an opportunity to ask questions, evaluate candidate responses, examine the issues at hand, and become engaged in the community. The residents of Morinville have a right to expect that they will have a say in who represents them for the next four years.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I have a professional background in the communications sector, having been employed by the City of Edmonton for many years. I also have several years’ experience in property maintenance/management including ownership of rental property. Since 2009, I have been an active member of the Lions Club, Legion, and Fish and Game Association in Morinville. I have served as chairperson of the Lions Used Eyeglass Collection Program, as well as the Lions sponsorship of the Annual Western Canada Volleyball Tournament at the Morinville Community High School. I received Lion of the Year award in 2010-11. In addition, I served as a board member of the Sturgeon County Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and Assessment Review Board.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
1. Building infrastructure with a view of attracting more businesses to Morinville while maintaining the friendly, small community atmosphere.
2. Interfacing with residents and assessing their views on whether or not to change from town to city status as the population approximates 10,000 residents.
3. In consultation with residents, prioritizing desired amenities and the financial means and impact on residents.
4. Examining safety issues regarding driving and pedestrians.
5. Encouraging cooperation from neighbouring communities with respect to usage of our infrastructure with a view to generate revenue.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I have no specific platform to base my election campaign upon. My only goal is to provide fair and accurate representation of the views and wishes of the residents of Morinville. I have always been service-minded in both my business and volunteer activities, feeling that my clients deserved my utmost attention and service. My personal morals and values are such that once committed to a cause, I feel an obligation to perform to the best of my ability. For that reason, I feel that I am well-suited for a position on Morinville town council.

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