Jacy Eberlein launched his bid for St. Albert city council last week and he hopes to be able to bring a youth perspective to council chambers.
The 23-year-old graduated from the University of Alberta on Wednesday with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy.
“I also have something to give to the community. I thought that there weren’t enough young voices being represented in the community,” Eberlein said.
The lifelong St. Albert resident said there will be few in the race as committed to the job as he will be and he plans to knock on doors and attend events all summer to hear from residents.
So far he said he has spoken to some community members and said that many have expressed concern about the future of the community.
“They’re worried about high taxes driving out seniors and young people from the city who can’t afford to live here anymore,” Eberlein said.
Eberlein said he can’t promise to lower taxes. He wants to work with council to find a way to preserve the centres of community – like the library, sports centres and food bank – without such high costs.
“Evidently the way the current council has planned it isn’t going to work for people. It’s going to raise their taxes too much,” Eberlein said.
Eberlein said he hopes that he will help voice the concerns of a younger demographic and of those who were raised in the city.
“There is obviously a low youth engagement. I felt that when I was younger. Young people get the bad end of the stick,” Eberlein said.
In the past Eberlein has worked as an office administrator, personal assistant and has retail experience. He said that no job can really prepare you for a job on council.
Eberlein doesn’t have an exact platform ironed out but he plans to engage with the community over the next few months to help form the direction of his campaign.
Eberlein is the fourth candidate to announce his intention to run. Natalie Joly, Craig Cameron and incumbent Cathy Heron have publicly disclosed they are running. Councillors Bob Russell and Wes Brodhead have not officially announced their campaigns but have expressed their intentions to run again.