Hoffarth taking ‘Alt-Centre’ approach to city council bid
Local resident Ray Hoffarth is hoping his “Alt-Centre” platform will be just what Lethbridge needs in his bid for city council.
Hoffarth’s goal is to bring more transparency and public interaction to council chambers — something he says has been lacking.
He said too much council businesss is done behind closed doors and has vowed to guard against the “inclination for the system and bureaucrats to operate in secret.”
“I think council needs to change the dynamic of the way things are done,” he said. “Council’s job is to give direction to administration. Not the other way around. From my perspective, administration is setting the agenda.
“There is the appearance that decisions have already been made, and that the public is only being consulted after everything has been decided. “That’s not the job of council.” He pointed to the number of incamera sessions which have occurred on council’s watch.
“I’m familiar with FOIP,” he said. “FOIP has become a shield that government agencies are hiding behind.”
Hoffarth has worked with people who have learning and behaviour issues for more than 15 years. He has been involved with Inclusion Lethbridge and plans to “continue to work towards creating an inclusive community that provides individuals and families with the services and resources they need to live good lives.”
He added he is interested in working with research organizations in the city such as the University of Lethbridge Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and Lethbridge Animal Diseases Research Institute in order to help provide a creative and educated workforce to build a business-friendly environment.
As a member of council, Hoffarth would also be interested in promoting the city for young families and finding a way to integrate new families to the area.
He is also interested in exploring a way to offer city-wide comprehensive WiFi equipped to handle future needs in the city — making Lethbridge a place where people can “participate, work and do business at the speed of light.”
He pointed to the importance of how the airport is managed and its potential impact on business in the city.
“We’re going to have to make a decision about how we manage the airport. Whether that’s taking it over and managing it, that’s going to be left up to this next city council. Those kinds of issues all have to be addressed.”
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Ray Hoffarth has announced his intention to run for council in this fall’s municipal election. @IMartensHerald