Candidate: Barry Zukewich

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Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: 34 years
Neighbourhood: Lacombe Park
Age: 58
Family status: Married with 2 children
Education: High school, technical certificates
Current Occupation: Sales manager
Email: barryzukewich@shaw.ca
Website:  www.barryzukewich.ca
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/barryzukewich4citycouncil
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BarryZukewich

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
Serving the community I have lived in for the past 34 years, has always intrigued me. It would be an honour for me to be an active participant in planning our fine city’s future. Many hours of discussion and debate took place with family and friends who helped me decide that being a councillor should be my goal in this fall’s election. Respecting the achievements of previous councils, it would be a privilege to carry on their work preserving the unique ambience of our city, and leave the lifestyle my family and I have enjoyed to future generations.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I have spent the last 30 years of my career in the corporate world, mostly as a representative for large corporations. I have worked as a liaison for several large international clients. I have business experience in dealing with top-level management and have fostered several long-term supply and service contracts with international companies. I’ve been involved in four major client projects from construction to commissioning. I would bring to council a top-level set of negotiating skills and a strong work ethic. Through my career I have developed very cordial work practices.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
It is my belief that St. Albert has reached a point where our growth and needs have reached a point where we are required to prioritize our future infrastructure projects. While the city is in good financial shape, it would be easy to bury ourselves in debt. The most pressing infrastructure need right now in my opinion is the twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive. I believe a strong campaign is needed to communicate with both the provincial and federal governments the importance of expediting at least partial completion of the project, or looking into financing the project ourselves in the interim.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I would propose initial costing estimates and financing options for the twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive be completed as soon as possible. I don’t believe we can wait for other levels of government. Other traffic congestion areas remain a concern. I would debate the phasing out of photo radar, replacing it with a more effective deterrent to road safety than just financial penalty. I would endeavour to keep any required tax increases to below the Canadian rate of inflation, and look for ways to possibly reduce our tax burden without the loss of services we now enjoy.

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