Mulligan Puts Name in For Another Term
Lloydminster Mayor Jeff Mulligan has some unfinished business - that's why the 52-year-old is once again running for top job in the Border City. Mulligan made his announcement Friday at city hall, in front of a room full of people.
“Yes much work has been done, but as Premier [Brad] Wall said in his re-election bid, much work remains to be done,” said Mulligan during his announcement. “I’d be honoured to make a commitment to lead the next important body…should the citizens of Lloydminster deem that the achievements of the last three years are worthy of a second term.”
For Mulligan, there was a lot to consider before making his decision, including the ability to commit the time, making sure his family and his staff were supportive as well as making sure he was in good health. “Once I validated all those things, then it was full on,” he says.
He says because of the work done by he and his staff, there is a better working environment at city hall, progress has been made on creating a plan for the city’s future and groundwork has been laid for what he says is a much-needed health summit for the Border City. He adds another term as mayor will mean continuity with all the work that's been done in the last three years.
But, as he said in his speech, there is still work to be done. One of his top concerns is improving the city’s infrastructure, which he says has issues. “I want to get a real handle on identifying clearly how we can build the fund to make sure that we don’t leave an infrastructure deficit for future generations."
Some of the other things on the Mayor’s radar are the health summit and more affordable housing for the city. Mulligan is also looking at the possibility of joint provincial cabinet meeting. “We have two cabinets that have recently been put in place with premiers giving them mandate letters, there’s certainty of direction for them for 12 to 18 months. We never get that,” he says.
“I think [the meeting] would really reinforce the partnership between the two provinces and it would give an opportunity for all of these cabinet ministers to land here and see first hand the challenges we have and how they can help us.”
Mulligan's last election bid focused on positive change. This time around, it will be about positive momentum. He says social media will once again be a large part of his campaign, which will officially kick off September 19, about a month before the October election.