ALBERTON — The mayoralty race in the Town of Alberton is unofficially underway. Incumbent councillor Natasha Dunn announced Monday that in the November municipal election she will be seeking the seat currently held by Mayor Michael Murphy.
Dunn entitled her press release announcing her intention, “No Surprise,” indicating that over the past number of months residents and business people have been asking if she was planning on running for mayor.
“After some reflection on how I could advocate for the betterment of our community and bring forward a responsible government to the municipality, I am pleased to announce my intention,” she said.
A mother of three teenagers, Dunn has been the director of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Hope Centre Clubhouse in Alberton for the past 14 years.
In her two years on council, Dunn said she has been a vocal advocate of transparency and proper communication with residents and the business community.
“It is imperative that the town works with residents, organizations, businesses an non profit groups together as a team, to strengthen our community,” Dunn commented. “With a strong council, good leadership and proper communication with all levels of government, Alberton, the heart of West Prince, will be stronger than ever.”
Among her municipal involvements, she listed revival of the New Years levee, organizing public meetings on proper ATV use and the future of the old Maplewood Manor, advocating for keeping the ER at Western Hospital open and for more focus on doctor recruitment. In partnership with the Alberton Business Association she founded and organized the recent Multicultural Street Party in Alberton.
As mayor, Dunn said she would bring a transparent, co-operative municipal government to Alberton by engaging residents and working with the provincial and federal governments and the Federation of Municipalities to strengthen and grow her community.
She said she would focus on youth and seniors, business development and special events.