Cora Hoekstra. (File photo)

Cora Hoekstra. (File photo)

Meet the candidate: Cora Hoekstra

City Councillor

Cora Hoekstra

Running for council – City of Lacombe

Why do you want to serve on council?

I love the City of Lacombe and have been thrilled to call it my family’s home these past 29 years. I have been challenged and inspired by my time on Council. I feel I have more to offer and look forward to another 4 years. I feel the current council has operated as an excellent team. We each offer diverse opinions with respect and have functioned well together, making good decisions for Lacombe.

What do you feel you can bring to council?

I present the views of citizens, families, and things that contribute to the quality of life in our city. I have been happy to support the arts, trails, services for the vulnerable, and services for families.

If someone were to ask you ‘Why should I vote for you,’ what would you say?

I have experience with municipal politics and I want to build on that. My life shows a commitment to our city, to people and citizens, and I am willing to listen. I love and value the debate at Council meetings and feel I contribute meaningfully to that debate.

What is your vision for the community/what are your priorities?

My priority is to ensure that our City seeks to offer services to all its citizens, particularly vulnerable citizens. We need to support FCSS well and have a Social Master Plan. Yet, I am also fiscally conservative and will seek to be stewardly with citizen’s funds. I believe in supporting policies that encourage businesses to settle in Lacombe, but I do not believe a Municipality should manipulate economics and business principals with the use of taxes

What if your professional experience and how do you feel it will lend itself to municipal government?

I have a university degree in Family studies. My professional experience is a career in social services serving families as well as marginalized peoples. I currently manage a not for profit society operating a thrift store. Because of my professional experience, I always want to ask,”How will this impact our citizen?” Plus, due to my years managing programs, I understand give and take of budgeting and decision making.

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