Ward 1 - Clark Butland, Kelly Edgett, and John Ereaux
My name is Clark Butland and I'm a candidate in Ward 1 for councillor. I feel like many others that amalgamation could have been implemented much differently, but we must now play the hand we were dealt. We are now entering uncharted territory and it will take steady hands on the wheel to keep us moving in the right direction. It will take representatives with experience and a knowledge of all of Fundy Albert.
I have lived in Ward 1 my entire life and served in the past as Mayor in the Village of Alma, served on several boards including the Fundy Trail Development Authority and the Provincial Government Tax Appeal Board. Now that I'm fully retired after serving 35 years with the Federal Government, I have the time this position is going to require and I'm looking forward to keeping tourism on the forefront as it is integral to the continued growth of Fundy Albert.
My ward has suffered from municipal water boil orders for far too many years and it will be a priority to get this corrected as it has a negative effect on tourism for the Fundy Albert entity. My ward also has a vibrant fishery that we must support wholeheartedly as it is a major employer for our area.
If elected, I will do my utmost to have transparency of information and not hide behind closed doors and declare The Privacy Act when it is not warranted and I will always make myself available to discuss any concerns. I humbly ask for your support on election day, but either way, please exercise your right to vote to keep democracy alive.
My name is Kelly Edgett and I have put my name forward for councillor of Ward 1.
I was raised in Waterside and have raised my family here as well. Alma has also played a big part in my life as home for a few years and having worked there for most of my life.
I have been an active volunteer in my community for many years as well as for my children’s schools when they were attending both Riverside Consolidated and Caledonia Regional. Although my children are older now, I continue to volunteer for different activities in my communities.
I love our area and hope we can keep it as vibrant as it is and change things as needed with the times. This new reform is going to be a learning challenge for everyone involved, not just the council, but also the residents of the area. I hope to be elected by the residents and make the transition a smooth one. Please exercise your right to vote on November 28.
My name is John Ereaux and I am a candidate for Councillor for Ward 1, which includes the Village of Alma, the Harvey Local Service District (LSD) and the Alma LSD.
I am currently a Councillor in the Village of Alma and have been an active member of the Elected Officials Advisory Committee that was created by the Province to assist with the amalgamation of our communities into the new Fundy Albert. I am very well informed of all of the recent Provincial policies and legislation that are influencing the development of Fundy Albert.
Formerly, I was a professional pilot and professional engineer and worked for many years for the federal government in aviation safety. I have lived in Southeast NB for almost thirty years and owned property in Alma for more than twenty years. I am married and have two grown sons. My wife, Susan, worked as a teacher and literary mentor, and, for a time, worked at the Riverside Consolidated School.
I am offering to serve as a Councillor as I believe that my knowledge, experience and abilities are very well suited to the challenges that face us in Ward 1 as we work together with the other five wards to build up our new amalgamated community.
If elected, I will work hard to ensure that the interests and needs of all the residents and taxpayers of Ward 1 are properly addressed and accounted for by the new Fundy Albert municipal government. My recent Alma Councillor track record proves I am capable of these tasks. I encourage you to ask others for independent proof of my claim.
I also fully understand the obligations of each of the six Ward Councillors of Fundy Albert to advocate and champion, not only for their own Ward, but also for the entire amalgamated community. In essence, the role of each Councillor includes the duty to advance the general well-being of the entire Fundy Albert community - for only by working together will we thrive.
I commit to you all that I would do my very best to deliver competently on these goals and obligations.
In short, I am committed to promoting good governance in Fundy Albert, where transparency and good fiscal and asset management are matched by:
- a dedicated commitment to ensuring quality and cost-effective services and utilities are provided to our residents and taxpayers;
- while properly accounting for the specific needs of our seniors, youth, businesses, institutions, newcomers, visitors, disadvantaged, and our local, regional, provincial and federal partners.