Candidate: Mark Kay

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Running for: St. Albert Council
Years resident in community: 33
Neighbourhood: Forest Lawn, Grandin, Deer Ridge
Age: 33
Family status: Married with children
Education: NAIT diploma with honours in the personal fitness training program
Current Occupation: Owner/operator Iron Fit Personal Training
Email: info@ironfit.ca
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/kayforsta
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kayforsta

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I’m a lifelong resident of St. Albert, remembering when Akinsdale was the new development area. We’ve grown so much since then, and will continue to grow in the future. I want to give back to the community that has given so much to my family. Work allows me to put a lot into this role, where I could dedicate many hours per day to being a city councillor. I believe we need councillors who can and are able to commit the time needed to the community. At this stage of my life and my family’s life, I know I can help grow this community.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I have been on various boards, similar to how city council runs. I also run a successful business, which requires me to interact and deal with various situations and people daily. Recently, I worked with a current council member to pass a motion two years ago.  This helped me learn about the various processes of the city. In addition, I have strong relationships with the community, volunteering with various organizations. The relationships I have built throughout the community will help my role on council, in helping both council and the residents understand everyone’s position on issues.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Affordable living and traffic are the common themes amongst many of today’s residents. Add those to the always persistent high taxes of our city, and you have a solid three issues. An LRT line is something that comes up each year, and should continually be looked at. Many residents work or go to school in Edmonton, where parking is expensive and sparse. Ray Gibbon Drive and St. Albert Trail are still contentious issues in the city. The traffic on both of them is unbearable for many. Many residents question why Ray Gibbon isn’t twinned yet. Rush hour and overall traffic on both of these roads need to be improved.. As well as what services and where the city should expand (library, recreation, etc.).

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I would work with council and the community on our traffic issues. Affordable living in the community is something I intend to pursue. This affects everyone in the community, young and old. I’d look into the pros and cons of photo radar, to see if it has exceeded its original purpose. Does our city spend money in the appropriate areas, or is there frivolous spending in areas that aren’t needed? I would continue our arts and community activities, with a goal to keep it thriving and recognized throughout the country.

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