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Monday, 11 June 2012 11:58

Schafer to stand for re-election as Swift Current mayor

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Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer today confirmed his intent to run for re-election in the 2012 municipal election.

 

"I've been very fortunate to serve the citizens of Swift Current as Mayor during a period of tremendous provincial growth. Certainly, that growth has brought challenges, but more exciting than that has been the opportunities," said Schafer.

For the first time in a half century Swift Current's population has been on the rise and construction in the past nine years has been significantly higher than the previous 25 years in total.

Moving ahead, Schafer sees several significant areas of focus to ensure Swift Current continues to build on its present momentum.

"Infrastructure, services and fiscal responsibility must continue to be the emphasis for our community. City Council must work very hard with other levels of government to get the tax dollars we've paid out, back into our community."

Fiscal responsibility remains of paramount importance and growth brings additional challenges such as investing in new infrastructure to accommodate today's changes, planning for the future, enhancing services for our citizens and maintaining existing infrastructure. 

"Managing growth is new for us in Saskatchewan, but its happening and we should be excited about the prospects of our future."

Schafer believes that continuing to emphasize safety and security of residents is also necessary, which means adequate housing and care for seniors, safe and accessible public transportation and facilities to enhance quality of life for residents of all ages.

Finally, Schafer believes that a more regional approach to growth and service delivery is vital in attracting new businesses and residents to the Southwest and to enhance the level of services enjoyed by all.

"I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead this community and I look forward to continuing to lead and maintain our path of growth. Of course, I want to thank the voters of Swift Current for entrusting me with this role. I am grateful for their support and always mindful of the responsibility. it's important that I also thank my family and my business partner because without their blessing and support, I would not be able to do this."

Schafer is excited for the city as the 2014 Centennial celebration approaches.

"We are growing and enjoying investments in housing, our downtown is redeveloping, we have a new hospital, new schools are on the way, and a new long-term care facility is coming. We have a lot to be thankful for, a lot to look forward to and a lot of work to do to keep improving and making sure Swift Current flourishes."

 

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