Incumbent Frank Wong in City council race

  • Sep. 25, 2013 3:36 p.m.

Long-time City councillor Frank Wong is campaigning for a fourth term.

First elected in 2004, Wong was re-elected in both the 2007 and 2010 elections.

“I enjoy serving the citizens of Red Deer and some of the goals of the last term weren’t even initiated,” he said. “And over the last two or three months, a lot of supporters have been encouraging me to run. I’ve had a lot of encouragement from supporters and friends.”

Wong said if he is re-elected, he’d like to see more commercial and residential development north of Hwy. 11A close to the Queens Business Park.

“We have infrastructure there – we have a transportation network there already.”

He said Red Deer is losing out to some of its neighbours in terms of residential development. “People from Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and Penhold can get to Queens faster than people from (the district of) Inglewood.”

He’d also like to see better synchronization of the City’s lights. There’s been some improvement, he said. “We bought a lot of new software about three years ago, but we haven’t got them all done. Plus the fact we’ve added about eight more lights doesn’t really help.”

Wong’s committee experience with the City over the years includes the Community Housing Advisory Board, the Emergency Management Committee (Alternate), the Environmental Advisory Board, the Governance & Policy Committee, the Municipal Features Naming Committee, the Nomination Review Committee and the Westerner Exposition Board.

Meanwhile, Wong said in his talks with residents, he’s hearing about concerns over debt, bike lanes, and council’s capital spending plan over the next while.

As to debt, Wong said much of it stems from improvements and expansions to the City’s water treatment and waste water treatment which of course will be paid for over the coming decades.

Looking ahead, Wong pointed out that the future is bright for Red Deer as the City passes the 100,000 mark in population. Milestones ranging from some Air Canada service coming to the Red Deer Airport to expansions and improvements to the Enmax Centrium has helped move Red Deer to the next level.

As for traits that make him right for another term, Wong points to his willingness to talk to all citizens about any issue, and his experience.

“I have a lot of knowledge of the City,” he said. He said he is the longest serving planning staff member Red Deer has had with 32 years of experience. His knowledge of the City stems from working through decades of significant population growth as well. “When I came to Red Deer, there was 27,000 people and when I retired there was about 79,000 people.

Meanwhile, he’s enjoyed his time on Council thus far and said it’s fulfilling to see a range of projects come to fruition.

“You have a hand in moving the City to a higher level.”

editor@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Chuckwagon races wrap up at Westerner Days

Reed Rosencrans was the 2018 champion of the chuckwagon races in Red Deer

WATCH: Joe Hittel is the number one fundraiser in Northern Alberta for Rope for Hope

Hittel of Red Deer raised $14,000 for Make A Wish event

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

The Expo Wheel ride a no-go at Westerner Days

Red Deerians take in Westerner Days all week long

20,000 swarm to Westerner Days on day two

Westerner Days Fair & Exposition saw the community meet-up for Tim Hortons Kids Day

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Stettler hosts antique tractor pull

Participants come from across Alberta

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Most Read