Natasha Dunn vies for Alberton mayor

Eric McCarthy
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Natasha Dunn

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.

Organizations: Canadian Mental Health Association, Western Hospital, Alberton Business Association Multicultural Street Party Federation of Municipalities

Geographic location: Alberton, West Prince, New Years

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  • neighboring town
    September 03, 2014 - 14:38

    For a town to be successful you need to have a functioning governing body working together to achieved the best for the area. Working together by respecting bi-laws and policies put in place to protect the council and the town. These policies were not respected by Councilor Dunn when she repeatedly spoke with media against motions made at the council table. These actions seemed to have caused a split amounts the current council. I do wish councilor Dunn well in her bid for Mayor and hope that her experience over the past two years will aid her in the future municipal ventures.

    • UPWESTER
      September 04, 2014 - 17:34

      I couldn't agree more that you need a functioning body for good government. The way I see it is that it's the mayor and his minions that want all the control and refuse to listen to the councillors who are not in their group. Natasha fights for her beliefs and everything that she has done was for the good of the town, not her own gratification. The mayors ruling cabal are pretty heavy handed in their abuse of power and keeping their area Liberal seems to be the main goal. Don't be so quick to blame Ms Dunn.I didn't see the mayoes posse putting together the ethnic expo las week that attracted 500 people, nor did I hear them speak when they unilatterly removed the paving stones on Main Street. What are the accomplishments of any of those supporters of the mayor? Does anyone know? You are so stuck back in the fifties that it is laughable.

  • justin
    September 02, 2014 - 13:44

    She has shown over the past that she CAN'T work with the council so now she wants to be mayor so she can do what she wants with no oversight. She has shown she is more of dictator then someone who can work with people. Hardly someone you want to be in charge.

  • Tignish Resident
    September 02, 2014 - 11:01

    Good luck Natasha, Alberton certainly needs someone like you.