He’s not ‘Dunn’ with politics just yet.
This week, Alan Dunn filed as the Ward 6 candidate for the fall municipal election.
He previously served as the Ward 6 councillor in back-to-back terms between 2004 and 2010. However, Linton Delainey unseated him in October 2010 and has served as that area’s representative ever since. Dunn decided to run for election following Delainey’s recent retirement announcement.
“I have the qualifications and experience so it’s hard to turn it down,” Dunn told The News.
“I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to (run). I was hoping that Linton would represent the ward because he’s done a really good job. He has been pretty vocal about the development issue that we’ve had and the large amounts of money that we’re pouring into things such as Cambrian and Bremner. I want to carry on that legacy as best as I can and continue to bring these issues to the public’s attention.”
Now fully retired, Dunn worked as a professional engineer, primarily in the utilities sector, working for consultants, EPCOR and Alberta Power.
About 20 years ago, Dunn co-founded the Wye String Ensemble with Murray Vaasjo. He’s also involved with the Colchester Community League, as well as Edmonton’s Ukrainian Mandolin group, and he enjoys teaching French.
In order to help the local economy rebound as well as address social and mental challenges, he believes councils need to have a social awareness in a post-COVID world.
“The effects of COVID are mostly unseen; some people get sick, some people die, but the rest of us have quite a few mental scars, I would say. Council has to recognize that and much of council’s strategy has to deal with that. We have to grow from COVID. Even if assume it’s over now, which I don’t believe, it’s going to take years to straighten out. Some businesses have disappeared and others ones have appeared,” Dunn noted. “There also has to be practical attention to detail. Now is not the time to be building castles in the sky. We have to deal with the real problems that we have from day to day, which has been largely ignored over the past few years.”
Over the next four years, he intends to pay close attention to the Area Redevelopment Plan around Campbelltown area, just south of Wye Road, as well as increasing the number of affordable housing and low-income seniors housing projects. He’d also like to see further enhancements for transit and recreational facilities.
He’d also like to see budgeting and project management, as well as planning, tightened up.
“Some projects may be desirable, albeit expensive; most are sheer folly — destructive, pointless, and absurdly costly,” Dunn wrote in a release.
“The problem is exacerbated by the sloppy way these projects are planned.Forecasts are outdated, endless scope changes result in massive budget increases and financing is a complete unknown.In other words, there is never a meaningful business plan showing costs, revenues, and outcomes.As for long-term environmental and agricultural degradation, these issues are simply ignored,” he added.
Dunn wants to return to the basics of politics.
“The current council has clearly lost its way,” Dunn outlined.
“Whatever we do should be benefiting the residents of the area. That has largely been forgotten over the past few years. The people who live here for decades, like myself, should feel like we’re gaining something out of whatever council does, whether that be something simple like fixing the roads or whether it’s something complex like building a new city. We have to say to what extent does that tie in with the needs of the people who actually live here now? What we do has to represent the welfare and interests of the residents that are here.”
Voters can reach out to Dunn via social media; Alan Dunn on Facebook and @AMFDunn on Twitter, or check out his website at dunnward6.ca.