Know before you run

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October’s municipal election is fast approaching and although nomination day isn’t until September, many people have already decided to throw their names in the hat for a seat on Airdrie city council – both for mayor and for councillor.

We hope more people will join them, since it’s nice for residents to have options when choosing who should represent them. And because many people are wanting to run – who come from all different walks of life with various campaign platforms and priorities – there will likely be some interesting debates.

But it’s also important for people considering a seat on council to look into what the job would actually entail before making the jump.

We recommend those interested review some information on the city’s website at airdrie.ca or talk to a current or past councillor or mayor to get a solid idea on what would be required of them.

In many cases, people with no council experience, and often with full time jobs, end up sitting on council and later realize it’s more of a job than what they thought they signed up for. Representing the public can be tougher than it seems.

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