A long-time resident of Estevan has decided to challenge for the vacant councillor seat on Estevan City Council.
Marge Young is a retired teacher who has been living in the community for most of the past 50 years. Her family moved to Estevan from the now-shuttered community of Coalfields in 1968. She spent 30 years as a teacher, and has been active in the community.
Her most recent initiative has been serving as the co-chair of the Time to Twin Highways 39 and 6 committee.
She said she has always been interested in politics.
“This is a time that works for me, and I felt that there were some issues that I know about,” said Young. “I felt that I could offer a bit of a change to who's on council, and a fresh mind.”
Safety is her biggest concern in this campaign. She has previously voiced her thoughts about the CP Rail transload facility in central Estevan, and rail cars going through Estevan carrying crude oil.
“Are the trains going the speed they should be going, and there is a movement towards getting the rails cars that are safer?” she asked.
She also has concerns about the expected increase in truck traffic associated with the new oil and agriculture rail terminal at Northgate. And she would like to see traffic lights installed at the intersection of Highway 47 and Estevan's new truck route.
Young hopes that efforts to trim Estevan's debt can continue.
“I think it is a pretty scary figure for a city of this size,” said Young. “So looking at how it got to be like that, and how to get it down, to me, is a huge issue.”
Finally, Young would like to see efforts continue to replace water mains and resurface roads in the community.