On and off since 1985, Gordon Yarde has served over two decades collectively on Battleford’s town council.
He hopes to come back for another term, possibly his last according to him, at this upcoming election.
“It seems that people are willing to stay here, making a life for themselves and their children and I want to be a part of that and continue to be a part of that, to really make this a nice place to live in,” Yarde said.
The retired psychiatric and general nurse says he is running again, aiming to keep the town happy with his past experience assisting him. He remans involved in the community over the last 39 years he has lived in Battleford. This includes being a past board member on groups like Concern for Youth, the Mental Health Association and the Agricultural Society.
Along with his experience, Yarde said he wants to work with a positive team to improve the Town of Battleford.
“Improve the town meaning, that we have been growing for years and with growth comes expenses. So we want to make sure we keep these expenses in line and not hurt the people,” he said.
He mentioned keeping tabs on infrastructure projects and not letting them become a burden to citizens.
Yarde describes himself as a people person, and said that simply being a listener can go a long way.
“I always mix with the local people. I’m willing to listen. I take their concerns to council, things like that,” Yarde said. “I’m running because I think I have been a voice for the town for all these years. I feel like I’ve got the knowledge and experience.”
Election day is Wednesday Oct. 26 at the Alex Dillabough Centre.
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