Jan Butler to run for council

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Another St. Albert resident has thrown her hat in the ring for city council.

Jan Butler announced last week she would be running for council in the upcoming election.

Butler, 61, has lived in St. Albert for 31 years. She has three grown children and one grandchild.

She said she brings practical knowledge and leadership experience to the race along with the desire for a broader vision on council.

“I’ve always had this love of … the planning and governance involved in council. It’s something that really sticks with me,” she said.

“It’s not just a matter of strong leadership, but it’s that collaborative approach.”

Butler has lived in Oakmont for 20 years and helped plan and develop that neighbourhood as well as Erin Ridge North. She spent 22 years with Landrex Developers working on subdivisions before leaving the company in 2011. Butler has worked with most municipalities in the capital region.

That experience would help her at the council table, she says.

“You have to have a lot of vision – you can’t just look at one little piece, but the effect it will have on the city as a whole,” she said.

She has experience on numerous boards and committees. In the past, Butler has been the president of the Chamber of Commerce and she spent 11 years on the board of directors for Big Brother Big Sister.

She decided to put her name in for council in part to help the council out of a mire of reports, studies and details that have bogged down the decision-making process.

“I’ve been in that position, where you take something to council, you’ve worked with administration and you’ve crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s,” she said.

“Then you get to council and they say, ‘Well, I think we need another study.’ ”

Instead, she wants to help council take a high-level approach to decision-making. That could help with staff retention as well as encourage businesses to invest in the community, she said.

Butler is running for one of six seats on city council. Other candidates include Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Al Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Jacqui Hansen, Sheena Hughes, Charlene Jelinski, Natalie Joly, Mark Kay, Ken MacKay, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell, Steve Stone, Jaye Walter and Barry Zukewich. Current councillors Cathy Heron and Cam MacKay have launched mayoral campaigns.

Nomination day is Sept. 18 and the election will be held Oct. 16.

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