For Immediate Release
On Friday, Aug. 13, two-term councillor Stephen Dafoe filed nomination papers for a third term working for Morinville residents.
The 59-year-old local business owner and father of three adult children has been a resident of Morinville for 15 years with his wife Bonnie and has been an active part of the community during that time.
Dafoe is pleased to have had the opportunity to bring the input and concerns of Morinville residents to council and is proud of his record of closing the loop with residents he has worked with.
Over the past four years, Dafoe has served as Chair of the Roseridge Landfill Commission, and for the past several months, served as chair of the newly formed Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Board’s Solid Waste Collaborative. In his role as Councillor, Dafoe previously represented Morinville on the 55-member Northern Lights Library System board, where he served as vice-chair and chair.
Dafoe was also one of three members of the Intermunicipal Collaborative Framework negotiating group that has sene Sturgeon County’s annual contribution for a recreational cost-sharing agreement that was triple the previous levels.
His campaign slogan will be familiar to voters from the last election—Dafoe Works For You.
“Although the role of councillor requires a collaborative work relationship with the mayor, council and administration, I do not work for the mayor, council or administration. I work for you,” Dafoe said. “That has been my focus and will continue to be my focus over the next four years.”
Dafoe said he was happy to see the support of many residents who expressed their desire to see him run for mayor but said he feels he can be a stronger advocate in a councillor’s chair.
“For eight years I have been a person unafraid to ask the tough questions or make the uncomfortable statements,” Dafoe said. “Leadership is not bestowed with the title of mayor. It comes from within and from around you. Every member elected to council has the opportunity and must take the opportunity to be the leader the community needs. I have tried to do just that.
As in the past two elections, Dafoe promises to be 100% committed to the role, communicate effectively and often with residents, and to bring common sense to debate and decision-making by making decisions based on information, objectivity and what is in the best interests of the community as a whole.
For more information on Dafoe’s campaign, which will unwind closer to the close of nominations, visit VoteDafoe.com. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.