By Treena Mielke
With one full term under her belt as a Ponoka County councillor, Nancy Hartford has decided to let her name stand for re-election.
“I want to keep on advocating for the people in our division (Division 5),” she said. “I enjoy meeting with the ratepayers and bringing their concerns to the forefront.”
Hartford also enjoys working with council and has found administration most helpful.
Hartford, who was raised on a farm southwest of Medicine Hat, the only girl in a family of five boys, moved to the area in 1990. She and her husband Wayne operate a 50 cow/calf operation west of Rimbey.
Being raised in rural Alberta and continuing with that lifestyle has given her insight and understanding about the concerns prevalent to people living in the country.
Her four years on council has given her a solid background in issues pertaining to Ponoka County.
She is especially enjoying the challenge of working with other councillors as they refine the area management plan for the QE Highway.
She would like to see more industry in the county and less dependence on the oil and gas industry.
Maintaining county roads all year, keeping taxes low and responsible development remain top priorities for Hartford.
In 2012, Hartford, who is chairman of the Rimbey FCSS and has served for more than 20 years as member on the board, received the Family and Community Support Services Award of Merit.
Hartford also volunteers for Central Alberta Raceway and sits on the Rimbey/Ponoka Adult Learning Counsel.
She has served on the last West Hall Board and has been part of the Rimbey Booster Club for the Christian School.
She has one adult son, Paul, who also lives in Ponoka County and a sixteen-month-old granddaughter, Jordyn, whom she admits, with a smile, is the apple of her eye.