A dozen candidates are running for six council seats in the Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain and a number of the incumbents, including Connie Blixhavn, want another term in office.

Blixhavn is completing her second term as a councillor with Killarney-Turtle Mountain and she wants to come back because she enjoys the work.

“I had originally thought that I wouldn’t run because I wanted to do some other things with my life but I have found that this is one of the most rewarding jobs that I’ve had and I like it. I like the direction council is going and it’s vibrant and exciting and we all get along and I find council is forward thinking and I want to be part of the group going forward into the next term.”

Blixhavn feels the existing council has accomplished a lot over the past four years. She points to economic growth such as the new feed plant that opened this summer, bringing in curb side recycling, hiring new doctors to show health care is a priority with council and the community.

“We need to bring new businesses to town, have places for seniors to live and when young people move to town that there are things for them to do so that they want to stay because they know it’s a vibrant community” said Blixhavn.

She stressed that councillors need to remember they are only one vote and council has to move ahead together to work together for the betterment of the community as a whole.

Blixhavn was asked why so many people are running for council this time around. “I think people want to be a part of it because everyone I speak to says they are impressed with how the community is moving forward and I think all candidates including the new challengers want to part of that.”

Blixhavn encourages people to get out and vote. She won in 2014 by acclamation but he first win in 2010 was by just two votes.

“So every vote counts and if there is someone you want to make sure gets in get out and vote because you never know how close it will be so please get out and vote.”

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