Red Deer County Councillor Christine Moore announced Monday she will be seeking the nomination for the Red Deer North Progressive Conservative constituency.
“After much reflection, I am proud to announce today that I am seeking the nomination for Red Deer North – Progressive Conservative,” she said during a press conference at the iHotel Monday. “Since 2013, I’ve been honoured and privileged to serve the residents of Red Deer County in Division 6 as a councilor – a role which I love and which has given me a deeper understanding of the realities that municipalities face today in Alberta,” she said.
“Our City and our region have urgent priorities that require a strong voice in Edmonton. We need major expansions to our courthouse, our hospital and Red Deer College. And what will be the future of our beloved Michener Centre?
“How will we address our seniors’ needs for affordable and safe housing – these are just some of the priorities that I want to address with our government.”
Moore has served as school trustee for six years with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, including three years as board chair until 2010.
“People ask me why I decided to run. It’s hard to define, but I think for me it’s a response to my passion for making things better,” she said. “It’s my way of trying to influence the public debate on important issues, to speak out for people who may not have a voice and to work for the greater good.”
In 2011, she was appointed to the board of governors of Red Deer College which she described as a, “Natural progression in my advocacy for education.”
Moore was also appointed to the Central Alberta Children and Family Services Authority in 2011 and became co-chair in 2012. “My experience on this board game me a great understanding of the needs of vulnerable children and families in Central Alberta and beyond. I had the opportunity to be part of several provincial task forces and committees including the Social Policy Framework and the Childrens First Act.
“There I gained a deeper understanding of the challenges that vulnerable members of the community face, and just how critical support is for them to reach their full potential.”
Moore was elected to Red Deer County Council in 2013, and she also launched the Sheraton Celebrity Dance off – an annual fundraiser that has raised more than $900,000 over the past three years.
She was the founding chair of the Catholic Education Foundation that provides funding to students and schools in the region as well.
Moore said her experience has also taught her fiscal transparency and accountability are essential to earning public trust and to making decisions based on sound fiscal principals. “I believe that my knowledge of governance and experience have given me a strong foundation to serve as an MLA,” she said.
“But most importantly, I’m here today because I love my community. I am known as a visionary and community builder with a strong record of community service who gets things done through collaboration,” she said. “I believe in the power of partnerships. I know that the trust that comes from relationship-building is key to success.”