Ponoka County council candidate Lorrie Jess – Division 2

Lorrie Jess. (Photo submitted)

Lorrie Jess. (Photo submitted)

I was born and raised on the family farm northwest of Ponoka. I attended school in Ponoka and studied Horticulture at Olds Agricultural College. After post secondary I returned to the family farm where I still reside.

I purchased Ponoka Book Store in 1985 and owned and operated this business until I closed it recently. For the last 17 years, I have been a Trustee with Wolf Creek Public Schools and have served as the president of the Alberta School Board Association for the last three-and-a-half years.

I was widowed in 2002 and raised my three now grown children: Emma, Nola and Jake as a single parent. I have a small herd of black and red Angus cows and I have a passion for gardening.

Being on the county council would be a way for me to continue to give back to a community that has supported and encouraged me and my family for many years. Being a business owner, a trustee and the president of a provincial association has provided me with the skills and experience that I believe will be very useful at the council table, and in serving the residents of Ponoka County.

I understand the role of a municipal politician, it’s requirements and that municipal governing is the level of government that is closest to the people. Saying this, I believe municipal government can help promote grassroots change.

What is important to me in Ponoka County:

– I believe in good governance and fiscal responsibility.

– I would like to see better Internet service/options for our rural communities.

– Ensuring that our community is attractive to our youth, future farmers, ranchers, acreage owners and potential businesses.

– Rural crime reduction.

I am an experienced decision maker, dedicated, hardworking and a good listener. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to serve and represent the electorate in Division 2 and all the residents of Ponoka County.