Recently-retired M.D. of Lesser Slave River employee Lana Spencer wants to get back to attending council meetings; she is running for a seat on council as a Div. II representative.
“I still have a passion for it,” says Spencer, a resident of the Poplar Lane area, who spent 13 years as recording secretary for council meetings (among other duties).
Spencer worked for the M.D. for 15 years altogether in administrative support roles, gaining an insider’s view of how the M.D. works, what the challenges are and particularly how council works.
As of this writing, Spencer was one of five candidates for three Div. II positions – two are incumbents and two others, like her, are first-time candidates.
“The more the better,” she says. “I’m glad to see there’s energy and passion. I don’t like acclamations.”
If elected, Spencer says she looks forward to working on “responsible land-use planning, that encourages growth and community culture.”
Strategic planning is another area of interest for Spencer, along with the (probably related) need to “address aging infrastructure,” in light of declining government grants.
Citizen engagement is a big thing for Spencer. That includes councillors being engaged with residents, as well as encouraging residents to be involved in the decision-making that affects them. Collaboration with neighbouring governments is also something she thinks is important for the M.D.
Spencer has lived in the Slave Lake area since she was five years old. That was during the oil-boom years, when her family moved north from Vulcan, where she was born. She has two adult children and three stepkids with her common-law partner of 15 years.
Voting day for the municipal election (as well as for school board trustees, plus a couple of referendum questions), is on Monday. Oct. 18. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 20, the same day as the federal election.
Spencer is hoping voters can get a look at her and hear what she has to say at a candidates’ forum, but when this story was being written there had been no announcement of one of those. Otherwise, she says she plans on knocking on some doors, and will be putting up signs to let people know she is running.