After 23 years as a citizen, business owner and active member of the community, Rick Orr has decided to take a shot at municipal politics in Prince Albert.
On Friday, Orr announced his intention to run for councilor in Ward 2 this fall.
The seat is currently held by Greg Dionne who is seeking the Mayors chair instead.
“We need people on council that bring some new life and ideas,” Orr said.’
“I think I am an open minded person that is interested in hearing what people have to say. I have always been one with an entrepreneurial spirit that would like to challenge people to move forward and not look back.”
Public safety and economic development will be the platforms of his campaign this October.
“One of the things that I think is important, especially in Ward 2, is public safety — having the feeling that it is alright to walk down the street, either in the evening, or day time.”
“For the city, economic growth — providing an environment where we can have investment, more jobs, more taxpayers which means more services of the city,” Orr said.
When asked about what he would do about the downtown, Orr said the city should further explore the Moose Jaw model.
"How they've taken an area that was pretty run down and actually being abandoned and turned it around into an important tourist destination."
"I don't think it is too late for Prince Albert to come up with some of these great ideas to bring the potential of our region which is far more than the Black Hills of South Dakota or anywhere else,” he said.
Orr, who owns a mortgage brokerage business with his wife Kathy has served on numerous boards and committees over the years including, President of Prince Albert Crime Stoppers and Prince Albert Lions Club and executive and elected member of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce.
Election Day is on October. 24, however the official nomination process won’t begin until September.
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