September 28th, 2021

Municipal Election

Honesty the most important part of public service for Pister

By Medicine Hat News on September 22nd, 2021

Warren Pister hopes for a seat on city council and a chance to show that honesty is the most important part of public service. Pister came to Medicine Hat in 1992 when he was transferred with the RCMP. After retiring in 2005 he spent some time in the oil and gas field and then moved ... Read More »

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Shila Sharps: Candidate seeks to create a more diverse city council

By Medicine Hat News on September 21st, 2021

Shila Sharps, born in Medicine Hat, says diversity of opinions and experience is what’s needed on the new city council, and hopes Hatters will consider her as a councillor. Sharps has spent her career in human resources, working in the U.K. and then for a U.S. company out of Medicine Hat where she was promoted ... Read More »

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Longtime broadcaster, restaurateur wants to show off Medicine Hat

By Medicine Hat News on September 18th, 2021

Jay Hitchen wants a chance to show the world how wonderful Medicine Hat is as a new member of city council. Hitchen began his broadcasting career in 1979 in a small town in southeastern Saskatchewan. After working his way up and with several other moves, Hitchen, along with his wife and two sons, moved to ... Read More »

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‘Santa Mike’ hopes to inspire youth as city’s mayor

By Medicine Hat News on September 17th, 2021

Micheal Starner was born and raised in Medicine Hat and hopes to inspire the young population as the city’s mayor. Starner works seasonally as a professional Santa Claus every Christmas. “I’m my own business, Santa Mike, and I do that every year for the past six years and hopefully for years to come,” said Starner. ... Read More »

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Ted Clugston: Incumbent mayor feels attacked as campaign begins

By COLLIN GALLANT on September 15th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Ted Clugston says he’s ready to make Medicine Hat a dynamic city in a third term as mayor, but also laid into the media, “the left” and unions during a taped campaign kick-off speech posted online Tuesday. “Let’s make the election about municipal politics, the future of Medicine Hat, and put petty grievances in ... Read More »

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Brian Varga: Experience essential on council going forward

By COLLIN GALLANT on September 10th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Brian Varga is vying for a third term on council saying the city is on the right track with budgetary measures and business attraction. “We need some experience to keep this going, such as accelerated financially fit – finding savings as we work through the budget,” he told the News this week. “We’re always ... Read More »

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Still more candidates to come

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on August 31st, 2021

https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews More sitting city councillors are announcing their re-election campaigns. Councillor Darren Hirsch has scheduled a noon-hour announcement with media in the city on Tuesday. Phil Turnbull plans to file his nomination papers early this week, he told the News on Monday. On the weekend, two-term council member Brian Varga attended a meet-the candidates gathering ... Read More »

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Phil Turnbull: Turnbull to seek another turn on council

By COLLIN GALLANT on August 31st, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Phil Turnbull says he will seek another turn on council to help usher in new stability for the city’s power plant in the face of a rapidly changing electrical sector. That comes after controversy erupted when the city announced a strategic power plant review to determine the effect of renewable power on pricing and ... Read More »

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Extra-large municipal election field keeps getting bigger

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on August 26th, 2021

https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews The number of people running for eight city council positions has reached two dozen, making it the largest race in Medicine Hat municipal politics in 20 years. That occurred Wednesday, about four weeks before a deadline to submit nomination papers and with a number of current councillors still to declare their intentions ahead of ... Read More »

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Hydrogen Hub: Election ploy or business as usual?

By COLLIN GALLANT on August 19th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Two mayoral candidates are questioning the timing of major economic announcements just two months before Hatters go to the polls, with one calling a plan to create a local hydrogen strategy, “chasing rainbows,” while the other says it has potential but is still just an idea. “It’s being used to drum up some publicity ... Read More »

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