One of Strathcona County’s past Ward 6 councilors is making a run for reinstatement.
Alan Dunn, who was a councillor from 2004 to 2010, said he is coming out of retirement due to concerns with some of the decisions the current council is making.
“As the saying goes, if not now, when? And if not me, who?” he said. “I figure if I am sufficiently annoyed and passionate enough about some of the things that are going on, then I should do something about it or I should shut up.”
A mechanical engineer by trade, Dunn said he has the necessary training and experience to deal with large organizations and make decisions.
“I have done a lot of project engineering and project management, so I feel I am bringing something to the table that many people can’t offer,” he said, adding his technical qualifications and aptitude for how things work — from sewer systems, to the details of large developments and legislative documents — are useful when serving on council.
“In terms of who I am — rather than what I am — I am a very pragmatic, practical, blunt, rather unpleasant person, and to come directly to the point, I am probably the antithesis of a politician,” Dunn said. “I don’t do ‘kissing babies,’ and I won’t remember somebody’s name 15 minutes later.
“So you wouldn’t vote for me for that reason. But I am able to put all that stuff to one side and really focus on the job without the frills getting in the way.”
Additionally, Dunn said the Bremner growth node development was the “spark-plug” that prompted him to run for council.
He added the project was approved without proper knowledge of how to…
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