The votes are in
We congratulate the winners of the Airdrie municipal election. (See stories on pages 1, 2, 3 and 5).
We are excited to continue to work with a number of incumbents and thrilled to start a professional relationship with two new members of council.
There is something to be said for having an experienced council who knows the ropes with a few fresh faces and new ideas sprinkled in.
There will be a learning curve for the new aldermen but we are confident the veterans will help them find their way.
We look forward to seeing the council working together to better the community.
We would also like to join Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson (see letter on page 9) in congratulating everyone who ran in the election but did not get in as a member of council.
It takes courage and perseverance to run in an election on any level. We are glad to see citizens with varying backgrounds, experience and perspectives put their names forward to represent residents.
Airdrie citizens deserve to choose from a selection of candidates and vote for the person who best represents their views.
That brings us to Airdrieís abysmal voter turnout.
We were ashamed of the 2010 turnout of 33 per cent so when we found out this yearís turnout was just more than half of that (17.75 per cent), we were appalled. Everyone who didnít vote consciously made the decision not to have their voices heard and that is unfortunate.
Whether you voted for them, someone else or not at all, these are the six people who will represent you for the next four years. We look forward to seeing what the future holds.