Heather Col­berg to run for mayor

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The 2017 Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tion just got a whole lot more in­ter­est­ing to­day, as Heather Col­berg an­nounced she is run­ning for mayor.

Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion, Col­berg is tak­ing a step into the po­lit­i­cal arena and says lis­ten­ing to the elec­torate is one of her top fo­cuses.

“Be­ing new to this, I feel it is most im­por­tant to do my home­work,” she tells The Mail. The most im­por­tant thing is to find out what the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple want and what their con­cerns are.”

Born and raised in the val­ley, she has en­joyed a 35-year ca­reer at Hi-Way 9 Ex­press and then as an en­tre­pre­neur.

I have been blessed to work with my fam­ily in cre­at­ing a large and suc­cess­ful trans­porta­tion com­pany and I have a great un­der­stand­ing of what sac­ri­fices have to be made to suc­ceed,” she said. “I also ran a busi­ness with the sup­port of my hus­band and team of great dec­o­ra­tors and learned a com­pletely dif­fer­ent side of busi­ness.”

She con­tin­ues to do her home­work and has been with may­ors through­out the province to learn more about their suc­cesses and fail­ures. She says past and present coun­cils have done a good job of keep­ing Drumheller mov­ing for- ward.

“Over­all, peo­ple want the val­ley to con­tinue to suc­ceed, so all my hope is to be part of the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment and growth, and keep it all go­ing in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion,” she said.

Go­ing for­ward, she hopes to foster cooperation.

“I want to see a united com­mu­nity, I want to ba­si­cally have ev­ery dif­fer­ent group or com­mit­tee pulling the same chain so we can ad­vance our com­mu­nity quickly,” she said, ad­ding that com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be para­mount.

“I want to set up an eas­ier process for all peo­ple to bring their con­cerns or sug­ges­tions to town hall…Many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are very knowl­edge­able so I want them to have a voice. I re­ally want to see a val­ley of pos­i­tive com­ments to­wards our town rather than neg­a­tive.”

She said she will be set­ting up meet­ings early in June to start the ini­tial wave of ideas.

Heather Col­berg… to run for mayor

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