Candidate: Mark Cassidy

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Running for: St. Albert Council
Years resident in community: 52 years
Neighbourhood: Grandin
Age: 56
Education: Grade 12, retail management (2 years training)
Current Occupation: Realtor
Email: marksold@hotmail.com
Website: www.votemarkcassidy2017.com
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/MarkCassidy
Phone: 780-699-9278

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I have had a long passion for politics since childhood. It would be an honour to serve the community where I have lived for more than 50 years and worked professionally in for 32 years. I have a deep desire to best serve the community as a whole and look forward to providing dedicated service.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
In my 32 years as a realtor and a professional negotiator, I have learned that ethics, transparency and disclosure are required to obtain responsible results. I look forward to serving on council and working in a more collaborative manner. Experience in my current career, in retail management, and in working in the construction industry has shown me the value of hard work and providing good service to those I work for and with.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
1. That our city consistently works to ensure that we are delivering value for money.
2. That I work to ensure constituent interests are represented on council.
3. That I work to promote a culture of accountability within the city.
4. That city council works to improve the current leadership and quality of life we all enjoy in St. Albert by searching for common sense solutions to the issues we face.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Look at the speed limits of the major arterial roads and assess why they are all different. Increase grass cutting during the peak growth periods in the spring. Reduce the number of additional reports and studies requested by city council that adds to tax money spent. Advocate for road twinning on major arterial roads to move traffic. Review transit availability in areas it doesn’t exist and improve after hour service.
Work with the business community to find solutions that affect their businesses and look to obtain more business investment. Support infrastructure needed for the growth of the city with the annexation of lands. Working with an internal auditor to find efficiencies. Phase out of photo radar and replace it with responsive community policing, which keeps communities safe.  Maintain our unique St. Albert identity by protecting our green spaces, parks, trails, and environment. St. Albert needs to have a plan in place to keep St. Albert one of the top ten communities in Canada. St. Albert needs to work towards beneficial agreements with neighbouring municipalities that yield benefits for St. Albert, including care for pets. We need to be more responsible in managing and filling the needs of capital projects and core services (sewer, snow, grass, garbage, roads, etc.)

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