Black Diamond candidates make run for council seat
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 08:53 am
mond women considered sitting on council and this fall they are finally taking the leap.
Ruth Goodwin and Jackie Stickel are joining five Black Diamond incumbents in running for this year’s municipal election. Both sat on Town committees and now feel ready to take the next step and serve the public on council.
Goodwin admitted she previously wasn’t ready to handle the questions and hard topics often brought forward by the public. Time was another factor keeping her from running.
Chairing the economic development committee and sitting on the parks and recreation committee gave Goodwin a good handle on some Town projects and she feels ready to challenge for a seat on council.
“I very much enjoyed that whole process,” she said. “I love the thought process that goes into decision making, the research, the questioning and the debate. I like an intelligent debate.”
If elected, Goodwin said she wants to be part of the process that will bring about more opportunities in her community.
“Diversity is a word that keeps on coming up when I think of what I want to see and what I want to have when I’m 65 living in this town,” she said. “I’m looking at this place being a place I retire in 20 years. I want to provide myself and my community with the option and opportunity to prosper, be a very health demographic community with a huge amount of diversity.”
Council’s make-up will remain similar with five of the six existing councillors running again and two new candidates joining the race.
Goodwin said she likes the current direction council is taking including the Quad Regional Water Partnership with Turner Valley, Longview and the MD of Foothills.
“I’m happy our communities are sharing the responsibility of potable water to our citizens to ensure there won’t be a shortage or concern in the near future concerning this,” she said. “I’m very happy the communities are working together to share those responsibilities. I like the fact they are looking at and developing programs to examine using grey water for our green spaces here in town and people can have a type of system within their homes in which people can use their grey water for watering their plants.”
With plans to retire soon, Stickel hopes to spend the first part on council chambers in Black Diamond.
“I’ve always had an interest in internal operations of the town,” said Stickel. “I have lived here for 32 years and maybe it’s time I gave something back to the community.”
Like many residents in her community, Stickel said she wants to see Black Diamond grow and prosper, but in order for that to happen she said the community needs more businesses.
“We need to put a plan in place to let the business and residential side grow in balance,” she said. “If we have the residences growing and not business that really affects property taxes.”
Stickel said tourism is also important as it brings both money and people into the community.
Stickel sat on the parks and recreation board and development appeal board for the Town for a combined 15 years and expects the experience will give her a good start to sitting on council.
“I have a good understanding of the community,” she said. “I am prepared to gather information and discuss it and hopefully come up with the best options.”
When her children were growing up, Stickel sat on a variety of sports committees including the amateur athletics board, adult slo-pitch and curling club.
“I’ve been here for so long and I have seen so many changes,” she said. “So many of them are good and when you’ve been involved, even as a committee member on a board or committee of council, you understand why those decisions have been made. You understand why it’s done and you understand why it’s the best way to do it.”
Candidates for Black Diamond council will speak at a forum in the Oilfields High School on Oct. 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.