Another candidate has announced plans to run for St. Albert city council.
Nestor Petriw, 56, is a fresh face to the political scene, having never run in an election before. He has lived in St. Albert for three years and currently lives in Kingswood.
From teaching English to schoolchildren in Ukraine to singing second bass for an Edmonton choir, Petriw brings an eclectic mix of experience to the race.
Originally from Edmonton, Petriw started off as a civil litigator for the City of Edmonton in the 1980s before opening a specialty pet food chain with his wife. They sold the business in 2014 after 28 years.
Although the father-of-four moved to St. Albert relatively recently, his family has had ties to the community for years as all of his children were involved in the Dynamyx Gymnastics Club.
When he began considering St. Albert as a place to move to, he says, he fell in love with it.
“It’s an amazing city. It has an ambience I just feel is fantastic,” he said.
His interests if elected to council are broad, from supporting arts to supporting small business.
One particular goal he wants to accomplish is to improve the functionality of city council as a body.
“I’m surprised at how much depth there is to what is put on council’s plate, and I think with my experience from the business world and legal world I can offer something,” he said.
“And no drama. It isn’t like you’re there for a social event – you’re there as a public servant, working for the best interests of the city, end of story.”
Petriw is one of 25 people running for six spots on council. Other candidates include Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Allan Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Jan Butler, Craig Cameron, Gilbert Cantin, Mark Cassidy, Jacy Eberlein, Jacquie Hansen, Sheena Hughes, Charlene Jelinski, Natalie Joly, Shayne Kawalilak, Mark Kay, Ken MacKay, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell, Steve Stone, Tash Taylor, Jaye Walter, Ray Watkins, Leonard Wilkins and Barry Zukewich.
Cathy Heron, Cam MacKay and Malcolm Parker are running for mayor.
The election will be held Oct. 16.