Peter Brown is seeking a fourth term as Airdrie's mayor, announcing his candidacy for re-election at the end of the Mayor's Golf Tournament at Woodside Golf Course on Aug. 27.
"When you're the mayor, you give up everything," said Brown during his announcement. "I don't mean that in a negative way, but you miss a lot and you give up a lot. I'm just fortunate to have the family I have, who stand behind me no matter what. I love this job and I love doing this job, but it is taxing on a lot of people, and it's mostly taxing on my family. I just want to thank them for being a part of this decision.
"It took me a while to get here because it's been 11 years, and not being politically astute, I recognize there is a shelf life for everyone, and I'm no different than anyone else. But I also recognize there's still a lot to do, and I've decided I'm going to let my name stand in the 2021 municipal election.
"I'll be accountable, available and I'll always be accessible – that's a guarantee from me, and it has been for the last 11 years. It won't change, I promise you that."
After announcing his candidacy, Brown spoke briefly about some of his reasons for wanting to run again. He cited the ongoing economic challenges the provincial government is facing, and how those struggles will impact cities like Airdrie. He added the end of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, in particular, will result in a shortfall of at least $14 million for the City.
"That's just one piece. There is a lot of that stuff happening," he said. "We need to continue to have people in that area that know the right people, and I know those people, and what needs to be done. You can count on me to advocate for our community."
Locally, Brown cited his desire to see through some of the City's ongoing infrastructure projects, such as the 40 Avenue highway bridge and interchange. He also said much needs to be done in terms of tackling opioid addiction in Airdrie, and Indigenous reconciliation.
Brown has been Airdrie's mayor for 11 years, since defeating Linda Bruce in 2010, when Airdrie's population was just under 40,000 residents. In that election, Brown secured 4,926 votes, according to a previous Airdrie City View article.
In 2013, Brown was acclaimed as Airdrie's mayor, securing his second term with no opposing candidates running against him.
Brown's third mayoral campaign in 2017 shaped up differently, as he ran against four other mayoral hopefuls. As the incumbent candidate, he was still able to land the job, securing 5,006 total votes. The closest candidate in that election was Marie Lauer, who grabbed 3,280 votes
This year, to date, one other candidate is registered for the upcoming election – local entrepreneur Lindsey Coyle.
The municipal election is set for Oct. 18.
–With files from Scott Strasser/Airdrie City View