LETHBRIDGE: Councillor Bridget Mearns has officially entered the race to become the next mayor of Lethbridge. She made the decision after learning that Mayor Rajko Dodic would not be looking for a second term.
After making the announcement Thursday morning, Mearns was asked if she considered eventually taking a run at the mayors chair when she joined council in the last municipal election, "Well I think I'm the type of person that whenever I do something, I'm always thinking about how I can do it better and how I can grow. So it's certainly not unlikely for me to be doing that."
Mearns also noted that she plans on developing a platform as the campaign unfolds, and that for now she's working off a higher message, "I want to do things differently, I have a true vision, I have a passion for our community, I believe in collaboration, I believe in working together because we want the same goal which is building Lethbridge together. We need a mayor that understands what those are, has two hands on wheel, but is flexible enough to bring in other points of view."
When asked if there's anything that she would like to change regarding how council currently operates, Mearns was quick to point out one area, "I absolutely support robust debate and different points of view and you have to nurture that for sure, but at the end of the day it really is about coming together and deciding what's best for the citizens of Lethbridge. That's what a council should be doing."
The municipal election in Lethbridge is scheduled for October 21st. With the announcement from Mearns there are now three candidates looking to become mayor. The other two are Chris Spearman and Councillor Faron Ellis.