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Several people have already filed their notice of intent to run in next year’s municipal election, including Kris Andreychuk, who currently works as the supervisor of community safety with the City of Edmonton.
“The reason I’m running is because I think there’s work to do and I’m the person to do it,” he said. “The fact that I’m an internal employee gives me a perspective that’s really unique… I know the inside of administration very quite well.”
Andreychuk plans to run in Ward 7, a council seat currently held by Tony Caterina.
“Ward 7 is home to some of the hardest working and most compassionate people in the city,’ he said. “It’s also an area with some challenges, crime for instance. We have the second-highest crime rate of any ward in the city.”
Andreychuk said while he believes the current mayor and council are on the right track, there is still much work to do.
“I think that I’m ready for the challenge.”
Brandy Burdeniuk, who currently works as a consultant in the construction industry, plans to run in Ward 11, Mike Nickel’s ward. Burdeniuk said she was approached to run for council and decided she couldn’t change the city unless she got involved.
“I’ve learned a lot about project management, the process of development and planning and some of those pieces that need to come together to make a successful project,” she said.
“I think there’s a lot of great work that’s happening on council right now. There’s always the need to push council to do better.”
Burdeniuk would like to see a larger discussion around infill and how it impacts mature neighbourhoods.
“Also I think that there’s opportunities, there’s a lot of goals right now that are set forth from an environmental perspective that may or may not be hit if we have the wrong leadership in place,” she said.
“I think there’s a huge opportunity here for us to continuously improve our city and be proud of the place that we live.”
Earlier this week, the city’s Executive Committee passed a recommendation to change the ward boundaries for the October 2017 election. The city hopes the changes will make the wards more balanced when it comes to the number of people each councillor represents.
The map of the proposed boundaries can be found on the city’s website.
The next municipal election will be held Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.