AMHERST – Kelly Milner has seen how the rural way of life has eroded in her district. Now she wants to do something about it.
Milner is running for Cumberland municipal council in District 7 in the Oct. 20 election. Her opponents are former Oxford mayor Bill Park and Daniel Rector. Incumbent Phil Donkin is not re-offering.
“I want to be the voice of the people in my community,” said Milner, who works in the senior’s health centre at the All Saints Community Care Centre in Springhill. “This is my first time running for public office, but I feel I’m prepared to represent the people of the district and represent their concerns on council.”
She said her biggest focus if elected will be working with the community and serving as a liaison between residents and council.
Milner said she his disheartened by the declining number of family farms and as a former member of 4-H she would like the county to do more to lobby governments at the provincial and federal levels to provide more support to farmers.
“This is a very good district, but it could be better. There are a lot of empty farms that I would like to see brought back to life and I would also like to see a new fire hall in West Leicester,” she said.
Milner, who has been around horses her entire life, is active in the health-care community serving as a facilitator in the Your Way to Wellness Program and is a walkabout leader with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.