A veteran member of Estevan City Council wants a career in federal politics.
Councillor Lori Carr announced on March 13 that she would be seeking the Tory nomination in Souris-Moose Mountain for the next federal election. She is the sixth candidate in the race.
Carr said this is something that she's been working towards for more than 10 years, ever since she was first elected to Estevan City Council in 2003.
“One of the reasons I ran in 2003 was because I was very interested in a position like this (in federal politics), and so I thought 'I need to find out if I even like this,'” she said.
Once she joined council, she said she loved the experience.
Carr was re-elected to council in 2006, but was defeated in the 2009 election. She returned to city council in October of 2012 following a successful campaign.
Her experience on council will help her during the campaign, she said. Council has given her an opportunity to come together with a group of individuals. And she has learned a lot from her one-on-one interactions with the public.
Carr has also been on the Sun Country Regional Health Authority since 2009, and that has given her more awareness about the region.
Highways and roads are a big concern, she said. Sustainable funding is needed for communities for repairs.
“Even towards Coronach, some of the roads out in that area are really bad,” said Carr.
She also encouraged communities to take a collaborative approach towards road repairs.
The provincial government would also have to be part of the process for highway repairs, she said.
“If we all work together, and bring money to the plate, hopefully we can get some stuff done in our area,” she said.
Carr said she is also pleased with the tougher direction that the Conservative Party has taken on criminals.
While the growth in Souris-Moose Mountain has been great, she said, it creates issues on several fronts. Crime is one of them.
“It's not just being tough on crime, but having enough manpower out there for our bigger cities and our smaller communities, so that we can take care of it,” said Carr.
When officers do make an arrest and lay charges, Carr said they need to be backed up by laws that will allow those charges stick.
Carr said she won't step down from council to seek the Tory nomination, nor would she resign if she becomes the Tory candidate. But if her campaign is successful, she knows that she would have to leave council eventually.
The other candidates for the Tory nomination are Phil Zajac and Dr. Robert Kitchen, Michael Strachan, Lyndon Dayman and Randy Schiller.