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County council candidate questions: reason to run

In the days leading up to the municipal election on October 16, we will be publishing the answers to questions posed by 2day FM to the candidates running in the County of Grande Prairie. The responses are listed in alphabetical order by division and are unedited. They have not been fact checked and 2day FM is not responsible for any errors or inaccuracies.

Q: Why are you running for county council and why should residents vote for you?


Daryl Beeston

A: I am running for re-election so that I can continue to serve the residents of Div II and therefore improve our overall quality of life. Whether it be for recreation needs, transportation, community living, schools or public safety these are all concerns that we all have and I will continue to work towards achieving these goals.

Don Streeper

A: Im running for council because I’m one locals and I want to get a voice on council from the people

By the people for the people

Thomas Tharp

No response submitted.


Leanne Beaupre

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A: Im a task orientated individual and believe in asking the hard questions and expect answers. Council has many exciting projects underway, many of which are near and dear to my heart. I have 13 years of experience and would be the longest serving council member with the retirement of Brock Smith. Council needs that keeper of the past information and consistent source of positive imput.

Barry Yaehne

A: I am a long term resident of the County of Grande Prairie. My background as a successful business executive and small business owner in the county will be an asset to council in the business of the county’s affairs. I love this community. Over the years I have had the privilege in participating in many great organizations including Junior
Achievement of Northern Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, Rotary, United Way, Ronald McDonald House and of course was a member of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for Small Business of the Year in 2015. I am currently the Director (Friends of the Games) of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games. Being a county councilor will give me another opportunity to give back to a community that has been so good to me. I am making a full time commitment to the county and the tax payers in Division 3


Maurissa Hietland

A: I am running for county council because I have a passion for my community and as a community advocate, the amount of difference I am able to make has a ceiling. As an elected official, that difference would increase.

Bernie Smashnuk

A: I want to have open, honest, transparent and fiscal responsible representation for the rate payers. Video and teleconferencing is paramount. Residents in Ward 4 should vote for who they trust to collet and spend their tax dollars wisely. I have experience, energy and time to represent the needs of the rate payers.

Ross Sutherland

No response submitted.


Kevin Gingles

No response submitted.

Robert Hill

No response submitted.

Bob Marshall

No response submitted.


Peter Harris

No response submitted.

Ashley Heggelund

No response submitted.

Kathy Longson

A: I believe it is time to use my experience and knowledge to the benefit of my community, with the same commitment and integrity that I have made front and center my entire life.

I plan to use my skills and experience in business to find solutions for the issues, support implementation and follow thru to the execution of the plan. Partnerships that equally share in decision making and are fully vested can create advantages where none existed before. We are very fortunate in our division to have 3 strong candidates with unique skill sets, each bringing a different perspective to the table. Voters have options.


Arthur Amendt

No response submitted.

Linda Dianne Waddy

No response submitted.


Dwayne A. Badry

No response submitted.

Corey Beck

A: I feel like have my feet underneath me now and am no longer a newbie. Look forward to making the county a continued great place to live and work. My work on roads has just started to get some momentum.

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