Carlson to seek fourth term on city council
Incumbent Lethbridge councillor Jeff Carlson has announced his intentions to seek a fourth term in office.
He is the second incumbent, following Mayor Chris Spearman, to declare a run for re-election in the October Municipal Election. Nomination Day is this Monday.
Carlson was first elected to city council in 2007. He’s been very proud to work with and on behalf of all Lethbridge residents to ensure this community continues to be one of the best places to “live, work, learn, and play.” Growing up in Lethbridge gave him “so many wonderful opportunities” and he wants to ensure current and future generations are afforded the same, if not better, opportunities.
Carlson said it’s always a tough decision when heading into a new election cycle whether to run again. He asked himself if he still had “that fire burning inside.”
“And there certainly is,” he said. Going forward, Carlson wants to continue the work he has begun, but also plans to ensure Lethbridge is well positioned for the future.
“I don’t want to see that passion die. That really made my decision for me is to ensure that the stuff I think Lethbridge has been wanting for at least a decade is coming to fruition now.”
One of those major projects is the Waste Diversion Strategy. Our landfill is one of the most expensive assets the City owns and manages, said Carlson. This past term, council has worked to try and reduce that cost and to reduce the amount of waste in the environment.
“We’ve got a Diversion Master Plan that sets really strong targets, not just for residential, but for commercial, industrial, institutional side of things. We’re really moving forward on that and I don’t want to see that derailed or taken in a different direction. That’s a big passion of mine.”
Last term, Carlson focused on building a strong, healthy community. He worked to ensure that local groups and agencies like Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, Nord-bridge Senior Citizens Association, YWCA, Family Centre and Lethbridge Family Services continue to get adequate funding. As a past president of Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta, he has long advocated to the provincial government for increased funding to these organizations.
Carlson has also chaired the Open and Effective Government Committee of Council, as well as Finance Committee throughout the drafting of the four-year Operating Budget. Other notable achievements this term include: renovations to Henderson Pool; securing funds for the new ATB Leisure Centre and a new firehall on the westside; moving plans forward for a new Performing Arts Centre; and continued investment in our industrial parks to attract employment opportunities to the city.
But he counts being a member of the community's Poverty Reduction Committee and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee among his proudest moments.
“The amazing work done by the members of these committees will greatly enhance and strengthen Lethbridge for future generations,” he said.
When he first ran in 2007, he ran with the slogan I CARE, which stood for innovation, compassion, arts, recreation and the environment.
“I want to make sure we’re on a really solid course towards all of those, so that’s pretty important to me.”
Jeff Carlson has announced he intends to run for re-election in this fall’s municipal election. @IMartensHerald