Retired police chief Marshall Chalmers is running to become the Mayor of Chestermere for the second time.

Chalmers served as the city's mayor from 2017-2021 and Mayor of Camrose from 2010-2013.

"I'm built to fix things, and I'm in a position now that I can insert myself back into the municipal politics," said Chalmers when asked why he wanted to run again. 

If re-elected, Chalmers wants to focus on three things.

"The first is building up the community. Our growing community needs schools, recreation facilities, and support for seniors and businesses."

Chalmers said getting the new civic center back on track and establishing a new school's task force is essential.

"We also need to plan for the city's future growth, including the twinning of 17 Avenue. The second focus area would be fiscal integrity. Council works for the taxpayer, not the other way around."

Chalmers says he wants to re-establish a positive and constructive relationship between the administration and find outside funding sources for projects.

"I've always been a collaborative leader that values diversity and inclusion."

Chalmers explains how he wants to bring integrity back to Chestermere. 

"The community is upside down, and we must restore integrity to the council and the mayor's chair. We must ensure we restore financial accountability at city hall, prioritize the needs of families and seniors, and restore integrity to the mayor's office."

mcChalmers at a campaign event in Chestermere. 

As for what his policies will be, Chalmers said it is all about moving forward.

"The community belongs to all of us, and we should all have a say in what we want to see in our testament."

He expressed what he accomplished during his run from 2017 to 2021 and said he would keep the trend going upward. 

"I cut utility rates and taxes, introduced new transportation options, launched a seniors task force, and broke ground on a new civic center at no cost."

Chalmers said he plans to hit the ground running and gain the trust of Chestermere residents if he is re-elected.

"We find ourselves in a position where we cannot look back. We have to pick up and go."

1234Chalmers at a campaign event in Chestermere with his campaign manager.

The City of Chestermere by-election is set for June 24.

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