Decker Leading The Way On The Political Trails

Michael Decker helps lead six locals to political office seats.

Michael Decker

Leading six locals to winning positions in political office is something not many people can say they have done. Michael Decker, 22 has had this on his list of goals since childhood. Although, in his long term goal plan this accomplishment  may only be small as Decker is preparing a path for himself that is full of big dreams, all which he intends on making a reality.

 

Decker, who has grown up in Sparwood has completed the coursework for  his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Policy Studies where he will soon be one of the first students to graduate with honours. He also plans on acquiring his Masters in Political Science and a degree in Law. Decker intends on living his passion being  actively involved in politics, and encouraging citizens of all ages to be active in maintaining  accountability with those in political office. “My first memory of politics was when I was sitting on the edge of my parents bed, watching the United States Presidential Election in 2000. From then on, it has constantly remained an interest to me,” he says.

 

Decker’s first stint as the duty of Communications Director was significant with Sparwood’s former Mayor David Wilk’s running for nomination and the role of MP. “Dave and I had worked together in the past. Because of my interest and schooling it was a great match to be his Communications Director. During my time with him we put 1000’s of kilometers on his truck travelling, I created material, spoke with the media, prepared him for debate, proofed documents and much more. I was also his day planner and scheduler. I knew the riding, and the parties platform like the back of my hand,” he says. “I always wanted to work with a Member of Parliament, now I have been able to scratch that off my list.”

 

After plans of going to Ottawa fell through Decker remained in Sparwood and prepared for what the municipal election would bring. “Prior to the election I met with Lois several times. I knew she had an interest in running for Mayor and I felt like she would be the perfect person for the job.” Decker began his job as Campaign Manager for Lois Halko. He hit social media hard, created brochures, advised her about questions and campaign tactics. Both Decker and Halko credit a strong campaign for her new position as Sparwood’s Mayor. Also during the municipal elections Decker counseled Sharon Fraser, Joanne Wilton, Margaret McKie and Andy MacIntyre, all of whom which won seats on Council. “Everyone who I have worked with have been amazing, their passion and enthusiasm for the community was clearly visible. I wanted to help them because I believed they are right for the job. It was great working with people I have confidence in and amazing to see them all elected. I think I may just have a knack for political communications,” says Decker who hopes to continue leading the way on future political trails.

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