The owner of a personal fitness training company has launched his campaign for city council.
Mark Kay was born and raised in St. Albert and wants a seat on city council.
The Deer Ridge resident decided to run after he made plea to city council in 2015 to allow external trainers to be allowed to work in Servus Place.
“I had a great experience with my personal training thing a few years ago. I just love giving back,” Kay said.
Kay has spent a lot of time volunteering in the community. He has volunteered with hockey for the last 17 years and has spent time on the executive of the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association. He also coaches his children in bowling, soccer, baseball and flag football.
Kay said that he has been involved with the Youth Empowerment and Support Services for many years along with working with the Special Olympics, Easter Seals drop zone. He provides a scholarship to NAIT for a personal fitness trainer course.
The lifelong resident hopes that his community engagement will help make him a good council candidate.
“I have been active in the community in so many different ways that I think that I have a very good perspective on what is needed, what’s been good, what’s been bad and where we can go,” Kay said
Currently Kay has focused his campaign around recreation and leisure, traffic issues, affordable housing and cost effective services, such as transit services.
The 33-year-old said that he wants to find a way to invite new businesses into the area while still retaining the small town feel of the community.
Kay 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, 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.