The municipal election continues to heat up this summer with another candidate throwing his hat in the ring.
Jaye Walter, a 38-year-old St. Albert resident says he wants to help the city thrive with his skills as a certified financial planner and his background in politics.
“I believe that we need at least one candidate that absolutely believes in fiscal prudence, making sure that we get the right infrastructure completed, at the same time someone who stands out for the community and believes in good governance,” Walter said.
The father of two has worked as a financial planner since 2003 helping people meet their financial goals for the future.
Walter spent many years working behind the scenes and as a candidate for the Wildrose Party. In 2010 Walter was the founding president of the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock Wildrose constituency association. He then went on to serve as the president of the St. Albert and St. Albert-Spruce Grove constituency associations.
In 2015, Walter decided to run for a provincial seat and was the Wildrose candidate in Spruce Grove-St. Albert riding. Walter finished third of six candidates behind the winner Trevor Horne of the NDP and Rus Matichuk of the PC party.
Walter has decided to run on a municipal level this election because he wants an opportunity to represent the people of St. Albert and to help to “revive good governance.”
“I believe that our property taxes are too high in St. Albert and I believe that acts as a barrier to economic growth and population growth and I believe somebody needs to advocate for that,” Walter said.
Walter said he wants his campaign to focus on fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, community and good governance. Walter also wants to help preserve the green space in the community.
Walter will be vying for a council seat along with Natalie Joly, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Hannes Rudolph and Allan Bohachyk. Incumbent councillors Bob Russell and Wes Brodhead have also expressed their intention to run.
Councillors Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron have launched campaigns to run for mayor.
Nomination day is Sept. 18 and the election will be held on Oct. 16.