Newcomer to politics enters mayoral race

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A newcomer to politics, Charlotte Blackwell has thrown her hat in the ring to claim the mayor’s seat in the October municipal election.

“I don’t have any council experience. I just wanted to jump in with both feet and give the city my all,” she said. “It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time and I think the time is just right this time. My kids are older and I have more time available to dedicate elsewhere.”

The retired nurse now works as a special needs learning assistant with Rocky View Schools.

“My entire career has been helping other people, and I thought that was a quality that we needed in a leader,” she said. “I haven’t been on any boards but I volunteer as much as I can in schools, the kids’ activities – anywhere I can get my hands on when I have free time.”

Blackwell has lived in Airdrie for 10 years and has three children aged 18, 14 and 10. She said she believes seniors and youth are under-represented in Airdrie.

“I feel that seniors are kind of the forgotten people and youth are kind of just brushed off as troublemakers,” she said. “I want to bring those groups to the forefront and remember that the seniors are the ones that built this city that we love so much and the youth are the ones that are coming up next and running it for us.”

One of the areas Blackwell said she believes seniors and youth are really let down is the transit system.

“I think it’s really flawed without having evening and weekend service, and the Dial-a-Bus is constantly super backlogged. You have to book it well in advance and hope to get a spot. Sometimes it takes longer to take the transit to a place than it would to walk,” she said.

She also thinks one of the biggest issues in Airdrie is the crime rate and believes improving the unemployment rate could help decrease crime.

Blackwell can be found at facebook.com/charlotte.blackwell.737.

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