September 28th, 2021

Candidates

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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Brian Dueck: Business student makes financial stability focus of campaign

By Medicine Hat News on September 16th, 2021

Brian Dueck hopes to help Medicine Hat regain financial stability if given the chance to be a city councillor. Dueck has been in Medicine Hat for 16 years and all four of his children were born here. He has worked as a facility manager for the British Army and is also a journeyman electrician. He ... 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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Report on Invest MH procurement due before election

By Medicine Hat News on September 9th, 2021

A third-party report into the process to contract out economic development and land development in Medicine Hat could be ready in early October in the final council meeting before the Oct. 18 municipal election. Coun. Darren Hirsch, the chair of council’s “audit committee,” provided details Tuesday to council that the report will be done by ... Read More »

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City weighs employee vaxx mandate

By COLLIN GALLANT on September 8th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Medicine Hat city council did not discuss the worsening COVID-19 situation at Tuesday’s open council meeting, but administrators are studying the potential possibility, as well as legality, of requiring its employees to be vaccinated. Mayor Ted Clugston told reporters following the meeting that council did receive an update from municipal emergency manager Merrick Brown, ... Read More »

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Jim Turner: Turner wants to finish what council started

By COLLIN GALLANT on September 6th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Jim Turner says now that council has brought in substantial cuts to city spending, he would like to serve one more term to see it and economic development efforts to fruition. “After eight years, and for the last two years, we’ve finally made an effort to get our spending under control at the city,” ... Read More »

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