Councillor Survey Question 10

While the concept of a secret ballot is essential, many of our supporters have told us that they’d like to know the political alignment of their candidates. So, if - and only if - you feel comfortable saying so, who are you voting for for Mayor and why, and if you are affiliated with any provincial or federal political parties, which ones and why?

Janise Somer:

I do not think it is appropriate to ask who we will be voting for. Should a mayoralty candidate win that we did not vote for, this could potentially create animosity between the new mayor and the council members. Municipal politics should be non-partisan. I signed the AUMA Local Democracy Pledge to maintain independence and non-partisanship by rejecting any endorsements which would undermine their accountability to municipal residents or the autonomy of the municipality.


Brenda Campbell:

I am not affiliated with any provincial or federal political parties but am not happy with either one currently. I haven't chosen my mayor candidate yet and am really trying to arrive at that, hopefully soon. All candidates have definite pluses. I don't think I'll vote for James Allen, even thoughI was impressed by him, since he's only 23 years old and has a lot of time for a political post in his future.


Bruce Buruma:

I will keep that a secret I am a conservative supporter both provincially (UCP) and federally (CPC).


Kraymer Barnstable:

I have conservative principles and I am on the right side of the political spectrum. I am not affiliated with any political parties, federally or provincially.


Victor Doerksen:

I’m not endorsing any candidates in this election. Electors are smart enough to make up their own minds. Obviously, my past role as MLA was under the PC banner. I’m a small “c” conservative.


Dianne Wyntjes:

It matters not who I support as a Mayor candidate. What’s important is that the Mayor and Council work well together with City Administration for Red Deerians, and that the citizen choices for Mayor and Council are respected. I also recognize that in Canadian municipalities who have gone the route of “political alignment” in municipal elections, it can bring more divisiveness to municipal governance. One of the reasons I prefer municipal politics is that it doesn’t matter what affiliated provincial or federal party one supports, but rather the best ideas are heard from elected members around the table, Council is connected and listening to the community and citizens, and that City Council makes decisions that are best for Red Deerians and the future.


Chad Krahn:



Ryan Laloge:

You are asking Councilors to say who they will vote for when they must work effectively as a team to make change with that leader. When we run as a slate that would be appropriate but until then the question is of little benefit to voters or taxpayers. I am not a member of a federal or provincial political party as City Council should be independent of other loyalties. Politically I am socially conscientious, fiscally conservative and individual rights aware.


Vesna Higham:

I vote conservative at all levels of government: federal CPC, provincial UCP, and local candidates who align with my fiscal and social conservative perspectives. Liberal and NDP ideologies spend and waste way too much money in my opinion and stifle the productivity and development opportunities of the private sector and families who struggle with high taxes. I’m not comfortable disclosing whom I support for Mayor, given my close working connection to at least two of the candidates.


Cindy Jefferies:

Sorry, I won't share the name of the person who I hope wins the Mayor's race. I voted for him. As for political party affiliation, I prefer to keep party politics out of municipal politics. I have memberships in the UCP party, and the NDP party provincially. Why both? I like politics.

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