No cakewalks in M.D. election

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Every one of the seven members of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River council is running again. But not one of them gets back in without a fight.
Incumbent reeve Murray Kerik is being challenged for that position by incumbent councillor Mike Skrynyk. It will be the second run for reeve for both of them, with Skrynyk having previously challenged Denny Garratt back in 2010 and lost. He’s had three non-consecutive terms as councillor.
Kerik is from the Flatbush area; Skrynyk from the south shore area west of Slave Lake.
The M.D.’s two electoral divisions each have five candidates vying for three spots. In Div. I (east end) incumbents Robert Esau, Darren Fulmore and Garry Horton are being challenged by Sandra Melzer and Becky Peiffer. Melzer is from Flatbush and Peiffer from Smith. (Look for profiles of all the candidates, starting in this issue of the Lakeside Leader.)
In Div. II, Brian Rosche is going for a fifth term on council, which may be some kind of record. Bradley Pearson from Canyon Creek is seeking a second term. With Skrynyk out of the picture (because he’s running for reeve), it means there will be at least one new councillor from Div. II. On the other hand, there could be two brand new ones and one former councillor back for another crack at it. The latter is Jeff Commins, who served a term from 2010 to 2013, then ran for reeve and lost. Charlotte Measor of Canyon Creek and Munir Mughal of the Poplar Lane area are the two newcomers.
Look for profiles on all of the candidates (assuming they are willing) in The Leader over the next two or three weeks, beginning with several elsewhere in this issue.
Voters have a chance to ask questions of their council candidates at forums that have been or are being organized. One is at the hall in Wagner on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:00 p.m. Another has been booked in Smith at the community hall for Oct. 2. As for Flatbush, that hadn’t been settled by press time.
As for what the big issues are – roads are probably at the top in the eastern and southern parts of the M.D. That one never changes. In the west end, land-use conflicts and obstacles to development are on a lot of people’s minds. The survival of small rural communities, and what the M.D. could or should do to help is another hot topic.



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