Running for: St. Albert city Mayor
Years resident in community: 37 years
Neighbourhood: Lacombe Park
Family status: Married
Education: Bachelor of commerce
Current Occupation: Management consultant
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I am running for mayor because I believe I am the most qualified candidate to lead a diverse city council in realizing a vision for St. Albert. The past four years has seen a divisive council that was unable to work together as a team, lost its focus to govern effectively and became polarized on the issues. I believe I have the leadership skills, business principles, integrity, council and community experiences; and an understanding of the community’s concerns and opportunities. I have a strong work ethic and demonstrate a conduct that is professional.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
• Strong business background with a major corporation that included supervision of people, budgets, negotiations, marketing, financial matters, business counselling, and strategic business planning.
• Chaired numerous committees and boards.
• Active in community volunteer groups.
• City council experience so I understand how city council functions.
• President of the Wildrose Constituency Association and director of the Conservative Constituency Association.
• Networking with elected officials at all government levels
• Leadership skills. I listen, build consensus, am a team player, and I have a strong work ethic. I am professional, accountable, goal-focused, results-driven, and empathetic.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
The community is looking for a city council that can work cooperatively together as a team for the common good of the community and understand its governance role. The electorate is tired of the constant discord. Citizens continue to be concerned with the taxes they pay and the increased taxes for property, utilities or fees. They are concerned with wasteful spending and low value studies. Other concerns include traffic congestion and flow throughout the city as well as traffic enforcement and use of photo radar. The transit system needs a review as empty buses are an unnecessary cost. Affordable housing, business growth and meeting social needs are other concerns.
Q: If elected what would you work to achieve?
• Build a cooperative unified team that understands its governance role working together for the common good of the city.
• Foster an amicable working relationship with administration empowering staff to perform their work in a highly motivated environment.
• Establish a governance model to simplify the business planning process so we are organizationally efficient and cost-effective.
• Prudent fiscal management so affordable budgets are approved with a target of no tax increases in year three of city council’s term.
• Make infrastructure development and maintenance a priority.
• Reduce traffic congestion including lobbying for Ray Gibbon expansion and explore opportunities for transit efficiencies.
• Review traffic enforcement and use of photo radar.
• Focus on business growth and building community.
• Review and implement learnings from the city inspection report.
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