Denise Sumner is in the running to represent County Division 5

Local residents head to the polls on Oct. 16th.

With voting day quickly approaching, Denise Sumner is in the race to represent Lacombe County’s Division 5.

Local residents head to the polls on Oct. 16th.

Sumner pointed out that changes are in the works in terms of how counties and their respective communities and neighbours will be working together, and it’s a chapter that she’d be excited to be a part of.

An interest in politics was sparked early on. Sumner’s father served the community of Consort where Sumner is originally from. “I was always interested in what he was up to,” she explained. “We would drive around the countryside and discuss it all,” she recalled, adding her dad served on a number of boards as well.

That interest in making a difference certainly carried on with Sumner, who has served and is currently serving on a number of local boards and committees herself.

She said she has a strong interest in the community and would love to be a part of shaping policy that would lend itself to strong economic Lacombe County growth as well.

“I am extremely involved with the town of Blackfalds,” she said, adding she lives just west of the community.

She retired six years ago after a long and successful career with Canada Post, in which she also held a number of managerial positions.

“I’ve always volunteered, too. Once I retired, I put a lot of time into volunteering here in Blackfalds.

“I sat on the Lacombe Historical Society – I was also the president for 13 years,” she said, and presently, she serves on the Blackfalds Historical Society.

She also sits on the Blackfalds Library Board and the Blackfalds Friends of the Library.

She also serves on the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Council, plus a number of sub committees with the advisory board as well.

“I like to be involved and I like to give back,” she said. “My Dad always maintained that it’s important to give back and I took that to heart,” she said. “I also think I have educated myself in numerous aspects of community development, and health and safety through my work as well as my volunteering.

“It all gives me a connection to people, and also I like to help people.”

“I think I can be an asset to the County,” she added.

Meanwhile, there a number of issues within the County Sumner said need to be focused on.

“Lacombe County residents have become accustomed to a certain level of service. We need to ensure that we have sustainable economic development to keep that mill rate low and to keep on providing the services that the County is used to.”

She said that crime in the County is also a significant issue, as is the ongoing development around Gull Lake.

It’s about balancing the rural and farm way of life with lake development, she said.

“We need to be make certain that we are protecting our way of life as well as bringing people into our County to enjoy the recreational facilities,” she added.

“We want to make sure we temper that with good economic and environmental decisions,” she said.

“I hope people will vote for me, because I will bring new ideas,” she said, adding she has also taken numerous economic development courses that would help to facilitate a positive and economically strong future for the County, too.

As to the ongoing campaign, Sumner said it’s about connecting with constituents and having that dialogue where she can continue to garner feedback on what is on people’s minds these days.

“I continue to look forward to hearing people’s ideas, and to hearing their opinions on things.”

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