A former City of St. Albert worker has jumped in the race for city council.
Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon wants to help serve the community with her experience as a municipal government worker.
Beach-McCutcheon, a St. Albert resident for 33 years, has spent most of her career working for municipal government.
“I understand administration’s role in delivering in council’s priorities and appreciate council’s role in to guide administration in their work and I think that is a really important factor,” Beach-McCutcheon said.
She started her career at the City of Edmonton’s public relations department and in 2004 she made her way to the mayor’s office. Beach-McCutcheon then started working for the city of St. Albert as an executive assistant in the planning and engineering office and eventually ended up working in Mayor Nolan Crouse’s office.
Beach-McCutcheon said that she has always had an interest in municipal politics and wants to continue serving the public on council.
Since the 57-year-old left the city of St. Albert in 2015 she has been working for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre (CIVC) as an office manager and special events coordinator.
Right now, she has no specific council platform but rather wants to bring a collaborative attitude to council in the fall.
“I think it’s more finding ways and opportunities to collaborate with others, build strong relationships with not only the residents but with our entrepreneurs, with councillors, with administration, and with our neighbouring municipalities and all of that will kind of assist and support that vision council establishes,” Beach-McCutcheon said.
Beach-McCutcheon said she would like to continue the sense of a small city community that she said St. Albert is known for.
“I think one of the things that is clear – that you look at the community satisfaction survey – that people are for the most part satisfied with things here. There is always room for improvement,” Beach-McCutcheon said.
Beach-McCutcheon will be vying for a council seat along with Natalie Joly, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Hannes Rudolph, Al Bohachyk and Jaye Walter.
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.