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Black Diamond Announces Candidates in Upcoming By-election

Meet the Candidates

Candidate for Mayor – Glen Fagan

Glen Fagen

I am married with adult children. I have lived in Black Diamond for 8½ years. Presently, I am employed as a Director with Dixon Networks. However, I will soon be reducing my involvement to part time consulting. I have over 35 years’ experience in the telecom industry in engineering, regional manager and director level roles. I have been responsible for operational, maintenance and capital budgets in excess of $4 million and capital build programs to $100 million. Over the last 18 months, I have been involved with the BD Concerned Tax Payers Group working to reduce residential taxation in our town. I have attended council, budget, committee or the whole and subcommittee meetings. Together with the group I represent, I have organized several highly successful community engagement meetings to share information, gather your input and hear your concerns. I believe that my business experience, community involvement and personal commitment to engaging council over the last 18 months has put me in the best position to represent this community as mayor.

Candidate for Mayor – Leslie (Les) Miller

Les Miller

“I Care About Our Community”

I look forward to the opportunity of representing the Citizens and Businesses of Black Diamond by LISTENING, RESEARCHING, DISCUSSING and TAKING ACTION on your CONCERNS.

  • Dedicated family man
  • Member, Black Diamond Economic Development Committee, second year as Chair
  • Member, Griffiths Senior Centre, elected President January 2016
  • Member, Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley Branch #78, Chair of Bursary Committee
  • Member, Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Elder and Board Member, Black Diamond Gospel Chapel
  • (1996 – 2002) President, Ottawa Tourism
  • (1992 – 1994) President, Prince Edward Island Tourism

Candidate for Councillor – David Geske

David Geske

I have lived in Black Diamond for almost 5 years. I chose to live here. I love small town life. I value the ideals and characteristics of our town. It’s truly a jewel. I am running for Town Council because I think I can help. I have a University Degree in Commerce and have had a successful business career for 32 years. I have been a member of the Economic Development Committee for 3 years. I have sat on Advisory Committees for the Calgary Board of Education and Red River College in Winnipeg. I believe in our Arts Community. I know that we need vibrant businesses to serve our community. I believe in volunteerism and I know that together we can make our town better. I know that to be successful we need a strategy and a plan. We need to build this together. I believe in openness and creating an ongoing conversation between the town and everyone and every group that have ideas, concerns and just want to improve life in Black Diamond. I look forward to meeting you over the coming days and to working for you and with you. This election is about you and Black Diamond.

Candidate for Councillor – Brian Marconi

Brian Marconi

Black Diamond resident since July 2014. Have attended 98% of council meetings over the last 18 months and participated in the 15 minute Q&A at each Council meeting attended.

Education:

Business Administration with an Industrial Engineering major. Supplemented with courses on Marketing, Business Law, Real Estate Law and Project Management.

Experience:

  • 2 years Inventory Management with a major B.C. Heavy Equipment Industrial Dealership
  • 35 years in the Marketing departments of two major oil corporations with positions of increasing responsibilities including:

-Managing a 35-unit data center, which included the amalgamation/merger/consolidation of three medium sized data centres into one.

-11 years in advertising, brand marketing and major event promotions while managing a $7 million yearly budget o Project leader responsible for the stewardship, development, timeliness, and budgeting and the cost control of many projects with all projects completed ahead of schedule, under budget and exceeding all sales targets.

  • Semi retirement has included the following opportunities:

-None months part time framing estate homes in SE Calgary

-Six months part time Pre-occupancy Technician for a major new residential homebuilder in SW Calgary.

-Five years part time Maintenance in a 65-bed Long Term Care Facility

-Owner/operator of a Landscape company.

-Presently, two years part time with a local new residential homebuilder as the Recycling Coordinator.

Other:

  • Director, Canuck Place Foundation Board for 3 years (fund raising organization for Canuck Place, a hospice for terminally ill children located in Vancouver BC)
  • President, Mt Royal Care Employee Association for 2 years (101 members).
  • Member, Griffiths Senior Centre

2016 Black Diamond By-election Information

Candidates’ Forum is:  Tuesday, August 9, 2016  7:00pm  Griffiths Seniors Centre

If you would like to submit a question to be asked at the Forum, please forward your question to the Returning Officer by email.  There will be a Moderator present for the event, and the floor will be opened for questions from the public as well.  The questions sent in in advance will be provided to the Moderator only.  Many people do not feel comfortable standing up in a room and asking their question – this is an opportunity for those citizens to have their question asked in the open forum.

Advance Voting will take place:  Monday August 15, 2016
(10:00am to 8:00pm – Main Floor, Black Diamond Municipal Office)

Election Day is:  Monday, August 22, 2016
(10:00am to 8:00pm – Main Floor, Black Diamond Municipal Office)

Election Results:  will be posted here following the ballot count on August 22, 2016.  Election results become final on Friday August 26, 2016.

Watch the Town of Black Diamond website for more information.

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