Council Candidate Reid MacDonald Pledges to “CARE”



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Reid MacDonald doesn’t like empty promises.

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Therefore, he presents himself for the Spruce Grove Council on principles rather than platforms.

A resident of Spruce Grove for 15 years, MacDonald is a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CHRP) for the University of Alberta. He said his career had made him both a collaborator and a mediator who was not afraid of “the right conflict”.

“My job involves fairness, fairness and being a good investigator. I think those elements are similar to what the city council and the work that this job involves, ”said MacDonald.

In 2017, he ran for the board for the first time, missing 85 votes to be elected. At the time, he wanted to be a part of Spruce Grove’s decision-making process because he felt that much of the community was disconnected from municipal government.

Following the advice of a supporter, he decided he would need to become more active in the community if he was to be elected in 2021. Since then he has served on the board of directors of the Spruce Grove Public Library ( SGPL) (2018-2019), the Board of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Center (2020-2021) and hosted an annual fundraiser titled “Hotdogs for the Hungry” for Parkland Food Bank.

“Running for city council in 2017 really sparked a desire to serve and become more involved in the community. I realized how much I enjoy engaging with the community when I go door-to-door, ”said MacDonald.

In 2021, his desire to get involved in municipal decisions has only grown stronger. If he is elected there are four items on his agenda, in particular he would like to have his say. These are the civic center, the homeless, downtown redevelopment and library resources.

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Although these are four areas of personal interest to MacDonald, his campaign is largely guided by the wants and needs of the residents of Spruce Grove. By taking this community approach, he discovered that principles are more important than platforms and that people matter more than his own priorities.

“I think people are very suspicious of promising politicians. From my perspective, a platform is a promise and I’m not sure I want to go that route. I want it to be clear that it is them when I meet people at their doorstep, ”said MacDonald.

Alternatively, he created the acronym “CARE” describing the fundamental principles on which it is based. It stands for “Connected”, “Responsible”, “Realistic” and “Empathetic”. Respectively, MacDonald is committed to touring the 38 neighborhoods of Spruce Grove during his eventual 48-month term on council, taking charge of and acting on any issues presented by residents, setting reasonable expectations, and be honest when there is no answer, and finally, be understanding of all concerns.

The 2021 Spruce Grove municipal election will take place on Monday, October 18, when voters elect a mayor and six councilors. To learn more about MacDonald and its platform, visit

“I care a lot about Spruce Grove and will be raising my son here for at least the next decade and a half. I want to help play a role in preserving and protecting the things that make the city special as we grow, ”said MacDonald.


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