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Ward2RMWBcouncillorcandidatesmaketheircasePoliticsMunicipalElection7TuesdayOctober152013CouncilincumbentLloydFlettknownlocallyasSonnyisoneofvecandidatesinWard2oftheRegionalMunicipalityofWoodBuffaloRMWBseekingelection.Flettisalife-longFortChipewyanresi-dentandveterancouncillorhavingservedforthepastthreeterms.EachyearhasitsCouncillorDavidBlairisseekingre-electiontocontinuewhathesaysisthestrengtheningofruralinuenceintheRMWB.WhenIrststartedwasruralimportantNo.WasruralpartoftheplanIdontthinkso.Butnowprioritiesaretherural.Youcantellbyallthemoneybeingspentinthealltheruralcommunitiessouthernandnorthernhesaid.IfelectedBlairsaidtherearemanyenvironmentalplanshewouldliketoseethroughincludingaddressingwaterintakeattheFortChipWaterTreatmentPlantwhichwasshutdowntemporarilyAself-professedfamilywomanbornandraisedinFortChipEdithFraserisawellknowngureinhercommunity.Itwasthroughtalkingaboutcurrentis-sueswithcommunitymembersthatFra-sermadethedecisiontorunasacandi-dateinWard2.AformercouncillorforWard2from1998to2008JohnChadiislookingtoreturntomunicipalpolitics.challengeshesaidbutthispasttermwasahugepersonaltriumph.ForthepastsevenyearsFlettsaidhehasbeenchampioningforapooltobebuiltinFortChip.Iwantedtogetthatswimmingpool.EveryyearIwouldbringituptocoun-cilhesaid.FinallyitsapprovedandIthinkthatsabigaccomplishment.FlettawellknownadvocateforAborigi-naleconomicdevelopmentinthecommu-nitysaidre-electionwouldmeanhehastheopportunitytooverseeconstructionoftheArchieSimpsonAquaticCentreandcontin-uedexpansionofthecurrentskatingarena.TheaquaticcentrebrokegroundinFortChiplastmonthandhasaconstructioncom-pletiondateofspringorsummer2015.IfelectedthistermFlettsaidafutureprojectforhimwouldseeconstructionandmaintenanceoftheDoreyLakeroadandrecreationarea.Flettsaidtheareahasbeenneglectedforyearsandhewouldliketoseeitrestoredforthecommunity.Itsanicesandbeachandlaketoswiminforthekids.ItwaskindofabusedthelastcoupleofyearswithnobodylookingafteritsoIfeelweshouldbetakingitoverhesaid.Flettsaidhewouldliketoseeaproperroadandwashroomsbuiltalongwithabeachcleanupandregularmaintenance.FivecandidatesareintherunningfortwospotsoncounciltoservethecommunitiesofFortChipewyanFortMcKayandFortFitzgerald.TheJournalcaughtupwithcandidatestogetabettersenseofwhattheyrebringingtothetable.ByMARIACHURCHthissummerafteranoilysheenwasfoundontheriverssurface.AnotherprojectonthegothroughouttheRMWBisaZero-WasteInitiativethatwillseealternativeenergyproduc-tionthroughwasteprocessing.BlairsaidthisprojectisbeinglaunchedinFortChipasablueprintfortherestoftheregion.Itsreallyexcitingformebecausezerowasteandcreatingenvironmentallystrongcommunitiesissomethingthatyouwouldneverthinkwouldhappenherenow.Be-causewereisolatedwereagoodtestpattern.Ifwecansucceedherethenwecansucceedanywherehesaid.BlairsaidrelationshipbuildingwiththecommunityindustryandAborigi-nalleaderswasahugepartofhislasttermandwillcontinueifheiselected.WiththeserelationshipsinplacehecanspeakforinterestsfromFortFitzgeraldtoFortMcKay.Ithinkthepeoplearestartingtofeelthattheyreapartofthisregionhesaid.Thatwasmymajorissuetobeginwith.Wefeltlikewewerentapartofthere-gionandwearenow.DavidBlairLloydSonnyFlettIdecidedthatthereshouldbealittlebitofchangesinourcommunity.Thequalityoflifejobdevelopmentsandsecuritytheenvironmentandstufflikethat-thatswhatpulledmeFraserexplained.Imfamilyoriented.Ireallyenjoywork-ingwithfamiliessoIdecidedonrunningshesaid.FraseristheformersmallbusinessownerofEdithsPlaceinFortChipandcurrentlyworkspart-timeforNorthwesternAir.WithnopoliticalexperienceFrasersaidshedoesnthaveanyspecicbeefwiththein-cumbentsorcouncilsdirectionbutisreadytotakeonchallengesastheycome.ListeningtopeopletalktomeandtellmewhattheywouldlikechangesinIwouldgothatrouteshesaid.IfIamelectedthentherewouldbethingstoconcentrateon.Frasersaidsheremainspositivethatshewillwintheelectionandbringaboutchangebutuntilthenshellcontinuetalkingtothecommunity.Youheareverybodybeengaboutthisandbeengaboutthataboutthedogsthequadsandallthisothercommotioninthecommunitybutthereismorethanonecom-munityintheward.Soyouvegottospeakonbehalfoftheothertwotooshesaid.FrasersaidshehopestovisitFortMcKaysoon.EdithFraserIbelievethatanycommunityregardlessofwhereitiscannotmaintainthestatusquoChadisaid.Itrulyandhonestlybe-lievethatIamwithoutquestionthebestchoiceasfarasoneofthecandidatesisconcernedoratleastoneofthecouncil-lorpositions.ChadiiswellknownthroughouttheregionandcurrentlyrunsanumberofbusinessesinFortChipincludingtruckingandcontract-ingcompaniesChadisRestaurantandtheWoodBuffaloLiquorStore.AforemostissueChadiwouldliketoad-dressifelectedisaffordablehousing.ChadisaidhewouldlikeFortChiptoutilizeapro-vincialgrantfor2millionreceivedbythecommunityeightyearsagoforassistingruralliving.Ifwedontusethisgrantfairlysoontheprovincialgovernmentisgoingtopullitbackandutilizeitelsewherehesaid.AnotherissuehewouldliketotackleistransportationspecicallytoandfromFortChipewyan.IthinkthatwearesadlylackingandwehavebeeninthepastsixyearsinareasoftransportationChadisaid.DuringhistimeascouncillorChadiinitiatedanannualfundtowardsthemaintenanceofthewinterroadthroughWoodBuffaloNationalParkfromFortChiptoFortSmith.Thatfundingisnowgonehesaid.AnalareaofconcernforChadiisedu-cation.IfelectedChadisaidhewouldliketoseemoretrainingprogramsbroughtintoWard2communitiestoprepareyouthfortheworkforce.JohnChadiJuliaCardinalisabornandraisedFortChipewyanresident.ShecurrentlysitsaschairpersonoftheAthabascaDeltaSchoolBoardontheNorthlandSchoolDivisionNo.61LocalSchoolBoardsCommittee.AttemptstoreachCardinalwereun-successfulbythetimeofpublication.JuliaCardinal