Aaron Buckingham is the first incumbent city councillor to announce a bid for re-election.
“I still have much to learn even after holding a seat on council. It is my intention to continue to dive in wholeheartedly as I always have and face head-on the issues that face our city as well as the opportunities that await us.”
Four years ago, Buckingham stated, if successful and serious about the position, a councillor should be prepared to continue to put their name forward in the election.
On Friday next to the Hope Monument, Buckingham announced he will be seeking his second term as a city councillor. He believes there is still more work to do.
“I felt that this council in the last four years has done a great job of setting things up for long term success and looking at a long-range vision. Starting to set up some reserves, streamlining how we’re fiscally maintaining the city, there was work to be done there. I think that we have made great strides with that. And, I’d like to continue to see that through.”
Over his term, Mayor and council worked to secure funding for the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which Buckingham described as an “exhilarating and tiring” experience.
“I am looking very forward to seeing that project through as we move forward.”
With economic challenges surrounding the decline oil prices, and the continuing effects of COVID-19 among other concerns, Buckingham believes the new term will “not be for the faint of heart”. He is looking forward to this challenge.
“I’m leaning towards saying that it’s going to be a lot more difficult start to finish. Not that the last four years didn’t have challenges. Whoever’s running for Council, I wish every one of the candidates the very best, but they best be prepared, and I will be prepared for a very tough and challenging for years ahead.”
Buckingham has been a Lloydminster resident for 20 years serving in several community roles including serving as Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce President, Border City Rotary Club President, and a Britannia Fire Department volunteer for 22 years.
He looks to continue focusing on intergovernmental relations and fiscal sustainability.
Buckingham will be hosting Zoom meetings on October 20th, 27th and November 3rd from 6-7:30 p.m. He will also be available to residents via e-mail and phone.
Voter head to the polls on November 9th.