Fred Burley is the first of the sitting Airdrie city councillors to announce he will run in the fall municipal election, but this time he’s taking a run at the top seat. Burley announced he is running for mayor of Airdrie at a May 3 press conference in Nose Creek Park.
Running on a platform of business attraction and retention, infrastructure needs, intergovernmental relations and well-managed finances, Burley said he felt the time was right to run for Airdrie’s top seat.
“After long, long discussions with my lovely wife, Sharon, we decided it was time to try this,” he said. “I’ve been on council for a few terms now. I’ve served with three different mayors and 12 different councillors and I think I’ve picked a lot from each of them over the years.
“The mayors were a very diverse group – Dan Oneil, Linda Bruce and Peter Brown – and my goal is to take a little bit from each of them.”
Burley said he would take the knowledge of the city and its operations gained over 15 years on council to help him lead Airdrie if elected.
“Along with my calm demeanor and community involvement, I feel I can add to what we already have in this great city and make a difference,” he said.
Burley said he would focus on getting Airdrie the infrastructure it badly needs, including the completion of the 40 Avenue overpass at Highway 2, a multi-use library and possibly a west side recreation facility to take some of the strain off the Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
“I’m not one who’s big on using social media to discuss the issues of the day,” he said. “I prefer the face-to-face approach where possible, and as it’s always been, feel free to stop by for coffee anytime to sit and talk,” he said. “I truly believe the city is in a great position now and is ready and able to take on all future challenges. I’d be honoured to be the one to help lead us.”