A member of Estevan's clergy is vying for the vacant councillor seat on Estevan City Council.
Rev. Stewart Miller, who is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, said he decided to run because he believes that if someone is capable of handling a job, then they should do it, regardless of whether it's in the church or in the community.
“I do think that with 27 years as a pastor, it has taught about what it takes to manage organizations, manage on-time budgets, manage both money and people, and do that wisely,” he said.
The other reason he decided to run is because he is passionate about the city. He spent nine years living in Estevan in a previous stint with the church. He then left the city for a church in another community, but came back to the Energy City 2 1/2 years ago because he wanted to make Estevan his home.
He wants to make sure that his reasons for loving Estevan are preserved.
“I'm tasked to be a voice on council that remembers that our city is made up of people, not just businesses, and that there are people and issues that are often as important as money issues,” said Miller. “I think I might bring a little bit of a different voice to that thinking and decision-making process.”
Miller said he's not venturing into the campaign because of any big issues, such as roads and infrastructure. He wants to see Estevan remain a place where the needs of residents are the top priority. And he'd like to see the city grow culturally and socially, as well as a business hub.
He also doesn’t have any major qualms with the direction that the present council has taken the community during the past year-and-a-half.