Candidate: Leonard Wilkins

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Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: 22 years
Neighbourhood: Heritage Lakes
Age: 53
Family status: Married with 3 children
Education: Graduate of finance NAIT
Current Occupation: School bus driver / telecom technician
Email: Wilkins@shaw.ca
Website: www.votewilkins.ca
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/Wilkins.StA
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Wilkins_StA

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I see way too much of the taxpayers money being wasted. I want to provide a voice of reason saying:
“No, we do not need $250,000 worth of statues installed behind city hall.”
“No, we do not need $3,500,000 single lane traffic circles on a four-lane road.”
We need to provide for our children’s future, via a future additional library, and a swimming pool where more swimming lessons can be taught at.
We should offer our non-profit community groups a chance to earn money via parks cleanup, a community run concession at Servus Place.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
My skills include:
• As a NAIT graduate of finance, I understand accounting.
• 23 years experience in business, primarily sales with some accounting. I think this skill set is particularly important when we try to attract new businesses and industry to locate in St. Albert.
• As a Scout leader for 12 years, I have leadership skills.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community?
• Widening Ray Gibbon Drive.
• Maintaining our infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, and water works.
• Proper planning for future community needs (second library, additional pool, additional ice surfaces, additional subdivisions). This needs to be done in a sustainable fashion within a reasonable budget.
• Improving continuing education opportunities for all residents.
• Providing enough pool time so that St. Albert’s children can enroll and complete their swimming lessons.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I would like to see Ray Gibbon Drive widened up to 4 lanes starting at 137th Ave. in Edmonton all the way to Villenueve Road. However, it should be done in phases with the first phase of widening being up to the Sturgeon River. We should continue the widening further north as funds are available.
If approved by our residents on this election ballot, I believe we should also plan for a new multipurpose facility (library, pool, and ice surfaces) in the northwest area of our city, because that is where we are growing.

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