A recent University of New Brunswick Fredericton graduate will run as an independent in the Fredericton South riding, the riding encompassing UNB and STU, in this September’s provincial election.
Twenty-eight-year-old Courtney Mills is a long-time Fredericton resident who received her bachelor of arts in political science at St. Thomas University in 2010 and went on to study law at UNB, from which she graduated in 2014.
“I’ve lived in New Brunswick for a long time and I was just really tired of watching what was happening. We haven’t been moving forward and I also feel like the representation we have really doesn’t speak to what people really want,” said Mills, who ran for the Ward 10 Council seat in the 2012 municipal election and currently works as a server at the King Street Alehouse, of her decision to run as an independent.
“I feel like it’s been a lot of the same people and I just wanted to get a young voice in there, speak to different issues that I don’t feel are being addressed by the people currently in power.”
Mills said her platform centres around ensuring that issues such as student debt, underemployment and unemployment of New Brunswick’s recent graduates and women’s reproductive health are no longer overlooked.
She added that while she shares a concern for health and the environment, she supports the sustainable development of our resources and demands New Brunswick receive a fair share of profits from our natural resources.
Mills will compete with Progressive Conservative candidate Craig Leonard, Liberal candidate Roy Wiggins, NDP candidate Kelly Lamrock and Green candidate David Coon for the Fredericton South riding.
Pick up the Brunswickan’s Sept. 10 issue for more provincial election coverage.