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Former City Councillor Bridget Mearns running for Lethbridge Mayor

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. – The race for the mayor’s chair in this city just a got a lot more interesting.

Former City Councillor Bridget Mearns is throwing her hat into the ring. If elected, she would become Lethbridge’s first-ever woman mayor.

Mearns says she wants to be a mayor that unites people in the community and feels her experience serving two terms on previous Councils puts her in a position to do just that.

“I watched the last council and I listened to the people of this city who reached out to me to tell me they were tired of the divisive council, tired of the progress-slowing division it’s created in our city. They want change, they want things to get done,” Mearns said in a speech at the Galt Museum Thursday afternoon.

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Mearns says she shares a vision of a Lethbridge that works for everyone and builds bridges across the issues that divide us. “A vision that needs a new and different way of building our city. The same old won’t do anymore.”

Mearns had been City Council two previous terms, deciding not to run in the last election in 2017, but feels now is the time to get back to running for local elected office in the city again.

She touched on working collaboratively on issues like homelessness and the drug crisis, stressing the importance of unity, not division.

“I think it’s time we have a mayor that builds bridges, that can bring us together. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe we do collectively. I think we have to foster that and have a leader who knows how to do that. We’re not going to be able to solve the challenges we have alone as a city, so we’re going to have to reach out to other orders of government. That’s going to take a mayor that has the respect of their council as well as a non-partisan relationship with other orders of government,” said Mearns.

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Mearns has been the Executive Officer for the BILD Lethbridge organization for the past few years and also earned her Master of Business Administration during that time.

With Mearns’ name on the ballot, that makes six people vying to be Lethbridge Mayor on October 18th.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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