Second mayoral hopeful throws hat into the ring


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April 19, 2016 6:00 AM

Cheryl Ross showed her support at Coldest night of the Year earlier this year. The Lloydminster woman is the second person to declare a run at the mayor's seat.

She’s had two unsuccessful kicks at the cat, but Cheryl Ross promises she’s not discouraged as she gets ready for another run for the Lloydminster mayoral seat.
“I’d like to see some realistic change, so I just want to have another try at it and maybe with some different objectives on how to go about it,” she said.
“Part of that, I’ve decided to hopefully build a strong ethical campaign team — historically I’ve just run it on my own and not put people around me like a campaign manager and done fundraising and that sort.”
She said she also wants to try looking at municipal politics through a different lens than what the current city government views it through.
This might mean looking at more options when it comes to local decision making, Ross said, instead of going with the status quo, and a lot of these options could be right under the city’s nose.
Some of the work the city farms out of town could be taken on by talented people right in Lloydminster, she said.
“A good example would be going forth with Streetscapes; it’s my understanding through the Your Voice Night that we actually hired a consultant out of Calgary and I question that because I wonder, did we look at that from a local perspective,” she said.
“Right within our reach we have Lakeland College — the question in my mind is: do we have students taking programs in and around that? Did we look at that?”
Ross said it was her understanding the person out of Calgary was hired “within the City of Lloydminster realm” to work with the city, as well as Streetscapes, to get an idea of what revitalizing the downtown of Lloydminster will look like.
Ross has been a Lloydminsterite for more than 22 years and said she’s extremely passionate about municipal politics and also wants to engage her fellow citizens to get involved and vote in the civic election.
As a candidate, she said she’ll make herself easily available for conversations with citizens so she can hear their concerns, that way if she gets elected, she can fairly represent supporters and voters.
“It appears that since 2012 we’ve had several by-elections and I wanted to eliminate that stigma that’s attached to that but get people reengaged in a positive,” said Ross.
“Even though I’ve been defeated I’m not giving up.”
Gerald Aalbers declared his candidacy for mayor earlier this month.

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