Following Election Day, held on Monday, November 9th, the City of Martensville held the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected City Council on Tuesday, November 17.
Elected officials consisted of incumbent candidate Darren MacDonald, Tyson Chillog, Debbie McGuire, Jamie Martens and Michael Cox. The sixth spot on Council will be filled with newly elected candidate Spencer Nikkel.
“I am honoured by the support of the Martensville citizens. The last two terms have been an incredible and enlightening experience. I take my position and this responsibility seriously and look forward to serving another four years,” Jamie Martens stated.
Darren MacDonald is currently entering his third term as a City of Martensville Councillor and noted, “I believe in the Councils I have been a part of and I believe we are working hard to make the community a better place, but these elections are where the community uses their voice to let us know.”
Tyson Chillog acknowledged the difficulty that voters faced this year in regard to the snowstorm that hit Martensville the day prior to Election Day. You all have assembled a team of positive and progressive people and for that you should be proud. I am excited and honoured to be a part of this team. I have been humbled and challenged during this election campaign and because of it, I have a renewed vigour. I have made it my objective to make Martensville a better place, one issue, on discussion at a time. If something concerns you about our city please let me know, if something excites you about our city I would also like to know. Thank you once again for entrusting me as one of the elected to be your voice,” Chillog stated.
Heading into his second term on City Council, Michael Cox said, “I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the residents and business owners in Martensville for all their support this election. I am very humbled and honoured that so many of you chose me as a person they would like to see on our next council. I will continue to work hard to represent all of you in this next term as we continue to move Martensville forward.” Cox also added a congratulations to the other elected candidates, as well as Mayor Kent Muench, who was elected through acclamation for his third term as Mayor. “I also look forward to working with you, under your leadership as we all work to continue to make Martensville a great place to live, work and play.”
Debbie McGuire was elected for her second term as a City Councillor and has a main focus on more affordable senior housing in Martensville. “That is my goal and my hope for my second term on Council. I would love to create housing for seniors so they don’t have to leave their own community as they age.” McGuire also added how happy she was to see two female Councillors voted in to Council once again and encouraged other women within the community to consider voicing their opinions in the next election, which will take place in 2024.
Those that were elected each took time to commend the other candidates that ran in this year’s election. “For those that ran this year and didn’t get on, I hope they don’t give up on their dream of representing the community. There will be another election in four years from now, and if they truly want to be a member of Council, I hope they put their names in again. It was a great run for each of them,” Debbie McGuire stated. MacDonald also added, “To the other candidates who ran, thank you for letting your name stand. It can be a daunting task to run in an election and you all ran for the purpose of making this community better which is what we are all striving for.”