Local business owner announces bid for council

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Steve Stone has officially launched his campaign for St. Albert city council.

Stone has been a resident of St. Albert for 37 years and said he wants to bring his business and financial skills to the city he loves.

“I do believe I have the right professional mix of business, financial and practical experience in working with a wide spectrum of many people in many professions throughout western Canada,” Stone said.

The 68-year-old is the director of the business he established 32 years ago, Bluebird Janitorial Services, which is a commercial janitorial cleaning service. Before running his own business he worked for the Royal Bank as a branch accountant and a regional manager for a company that produces instrumentation products.

Stone, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, decided to run after seeing things happen in city council that he believed were not right. He said decided not to run during the by-election because Bob Russell ran and he supported his bid.

Stone is focusing his campaign on community values, responsible spending and professional planning. The grandfather of nine wants to improve the budgeting process with zero-based budgeting in the city and he wants to focus on the preservation of green spaces.

The Akinsdale resident said he wants to see more community participation through volunteer work. He is currently involved as a mentor for Sidekicks Mentoring and with the Holy Family Parish.

Stone also wants to see more support for businesses and thinks that right now the city is infringing on the business community.

“Anything the government gets involved with that business can handle, they are intruding on the people they are supposed to serve,” Stone said.

Stone will be running for one of six seats on city council. Other candidates who are also running are Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Al Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Jacquie Hansen, Charlene Jelinski, Natalie Joly, Ken MacKay, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell, Jaye Walter and Barry Zukewich.

Current councillors Cathy Heron and Cam MacKay have launched campaigns to run for mayor.

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

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.