Candidates step forward
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 10:18 am
There may be a change on Black Diamond’s council, but the shuffle will be minimal.
Two new candidates put their names forward to run for council by Monday’s nomination deadline, all but one existing councillor chose to run again and Sharlene Brown is returning as mayor by acclamation.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be mayor again,” said Brown.
Black Diamond’s candidates include incumbents Jim Deacon, Michel Jackson, Diane Osberg, Mike Ross and Judy Thomson and new to the line-up is Ruth Goodwin and Jackie Stickel.
“I’m looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say, especially around the partnership (with Turner Valley) and how they would like to see our community grow,” said Brown. “We’ve got things like recovering from the flood and we need to embrace those opportunities and move ahead. That includes partnerships with other municipalities.”
Brown said she’s glad to see the majority of council eager to return for another term.
“That basically says that everybody is still interested in moving Black Diamond forward and moving the strategies ahead,” she said. “One of the things we were striving for the last term was to get more community involvement and increase our communications. We have not done as much as I would like.”
After serving one term on council, Osberg said she is eager to return and continue her duties to better Black Diamond.
“One of the reasons that I’m running again is we are on the verge of doing some wonderful things that I believe in,” she said. “That’s working collaboratively with our surrounding communities. The partnership agreement we signed a year ago and all the work we put into how we are going to do this is an amazing foundation for these two communities (Black Diamond and Turner Valley).”
Osberg said the communities have taken great strides in recent years to collaborate and the hard work was evident in the aftermath of the June flood.
“I think that the community spirit that was shown during our recent flooding shows that the community exemplifies the fact that we really do depend on each other a lot, that we can work together amazingly well and in that atmosphere I think that we can move forward amazingly in the next few years,” she said.
Osberg said the council worked well together and having new people with new ideas is welcome.
Goodwin said she has been considering joining council for the last 10 years and now feels she is ready to make the move.
“I’ve been slowly educating myself,” she said.
Goodwin was a member of Black Diamond’s economic development committee, which she chaired for three years.
“I learned a tremendous amount while I was on that committee with regards to what the Town is looking at needing to function properly on a day-to-day basis and also starting to develop a vision for the future,” she said.