By Jeremy Appel on September 15, 2017.
The race is on for Mayor of Redcliff after longtime town councillor Dwight Kilpatrick announced Thursday he is entering the race against incumbent Ernie Reimer.
“I believe I’m stronger in negotiations, because I can relate better with the issues, I can understand the issues better and I can remember the issues better,” said Kilpatrick, who’s been a councillor for 28 years, referring to upcoming negotiations with Cypress County and the City of Medicine Hat.
His “capacity to remember” and “comprehension of the topics” make him a stronger candidate than the incumbent, he added.
Kilpatrick has yet to express what policy disagreements he has with Reimer that led to his decision to give up his council seat to run for mayor.
“Policy issues are the voice of council,” he said, adding that councillors express positions through votes in council.
“I’m still deciding myself what my platform will be,” said Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick said he’s aware of his limits as a candidate, due to the amount of time he’s spent on council.
“I can’t just sit there and say, ‘Council’s doing a horrible job and I’m going to change the world,’ because that’s not how it works,” he said.
“At least that will prepare you. You wouldn’t be as shocked coming into the mayoralty role and starting the learning curve of municipal politics,” said Kilpatrick.
Mayor Ernie Reimer reconfirmed Thursday he is running for re-election, saying he’s ready to take on his challenger.
“I welcome the competition, and look forward to the race and election,” said Reimer.
“My record stands for itself,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of good things for our community. We’ve hired a lot of good people. Financially, I think we’re in a pretty good place and we’ve been looking after all the needs of our community.
“There’s still some work to be done, so if I do get re-elected I will continue to serve our citizens the best way we can. We’re looking forward to meeting the needs of all our citizens, not just the chosen few.”
Reimer, who served a single term on council prior to getting elected mayor in 2013, said his greatest accomplishments are in the realm of infrastructure, specifically the opening of a water treatment plant in 2015.
He also cited increased collaboration with the City of Medicine Hat as a major achievement.
Municipal elections across Alberta take place Oct. 16.