Candidate: Tash Taylor

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Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: 13
Neighbourhood: North Ridge
Age: 45
Family status: Married
Education: MBA specializing in executive management
Current Occupation: Executive director ANPHA, management consultant
Email: connect@tashtaylor.com
Website:  www.tashtaylor.com
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/tashtaylorforcitycouncil

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
With a 20-plus year career in the community sector, I am intrinsically compelled to help others, on a greater scale.
Recently, I joined the official Canadian Delegation at the UN Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, held only every 20 years. Being alongside other community builders from across the globe fueled my passion to contribute further to a city with boundless potential.
And on a very personal level, it will be my daughter’s first election. In relation to women’s possibilities, I feel it is a meaningful example to set – for her to see her mom on the ballot.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
Growing up, I was taught to work hard, read lots, abide by the Golden Rule, and get involved in community. These principles prepared me and guided me through a strong and exciting career path.
With 25 years leadership experience, I bring demonstrated strengths in finance, policy, strategy, risk, emotional intelligence, and governance. I bring current knowledge on the housing file, and the non-profit and public sectors. I have worked directly with many service providers and businesses in St. Albert to achieve results. I bring a full appreciation of both sides of the table – as board member and as senior staff.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Efficient Infrastructure: The traffic woes we are experiencing are symptoms of greater underlying issues. There is a lack of infrastructure capacity in several ways, and this will only worsen with the growth we are anticipating. Systemic action is needed.
Affordability: Affordability in St. Albert directly affects being an attractive, competitive and sustainable municipality. In the greater context, affordability levels involve and impact everything from property taxes, housing, family planning, business growth, resident retention, inclusion, levels of public participation, and retirement.
Effective Governance: Turbulent times at the city has eroded public trust and created a serious need for stable, experienced governance.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
• Rebuild public trust in St. Albert’s local government.
• Propose an infrastructure task force to address traffic and other capacity issues.
• Strengthen advocacy tactics for action on Ray Gibbon Drive.
• Ensure wraparound supports are available for those in need.
• Support action to improve affordable housing options for seniors, and for families.
• Support business attraction and retention efforts, and a buy-St. Albert focus.
• Foster a culture of innovation within the city corporation.
• Seek financial efficiencies through engineering standards.
• Propose a review of photo radar culture to determine where improvements may be made.

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