Edmonton election 2017: Aaron Paquette elected in Ward 4
Aaron Paquette has been elected to Edmonton City Council in Ward 4, according to unofficial results released Monday night.
Paquette is an award-winning Indigenous artist and author who has worked with Alberta Education and various schools boards.
Ward 4 has new representation on council after long-time Councillor Ed Gibbons announced he would not be seeking re-election. Gibbons served five terms on city council. He was first elected in Ward 3 in 2001.
Here’s a quick look at the 12 candidates running in Ward 4.
Felix Amenaghawon is an engineer. Among his focuses for Ward 4 are infrastructure development, improved recreation and seniors centres, as well as enhancing Edmonton’s status as an attractive place to live.
LISTEN: Felix Amenaghwon on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Rocco Caterina says he’s worked alongside council, administration and community leagues for the past decade. His priorities include essential services, economic development and quality of life. Caterina is the son of current Ward 7 Councillor Tony Caterina.
LISTEN: Rocco Caterina on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Justin Draper has experience with project, program and event planning. He said his priorities include traffic safety, transit and ending homelessness.
LISTEN: Justin Draper on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Beatrice Ghettuba is a chartered accountant who owns K2Z Accounting. Her priorities include creating safe public spaces, equal opportunities for all and economic revitalization.
LISTEN: Beatrice Ghettuba on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Sam Hachem has been a realtor in Edmonton for 10 years. He said he wants to keep property taxes to a minimum, create a farmers’ market in the northeast and look at ways to increase voter engagement.
LISTEN: Sam Hachem on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Hassan Haymour has worked in Alberta’s energy and petroleum industry as a power engineer. His vision includes reducing the tax burden on citizens, community revitalization and improving community safety.
LISTEN: Hassan Haymour on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Wade Izzard’s top four priorities include protecting the citizens of Ward 4, housing, traffic and transit.
LISTEN: Wade Izzard on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
LISTEN: Emerson Mayers on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Martin Narsing worked in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 14 years. Narsing hopes to expand Ward 4’s business core by developing the industrial lands inside the Edmonton energy and technology park.
LISTEN: Martin Narsing on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Aaron Paquette is an award-winning Indigenous artist and author who has worked with Alberta Education and various schools boards. His novel Lightfinder is taught in schools, universities and colleges across Canada.
LISTEN: Aaron Paquette on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Alison Poste has years of experience in land development and worked as an advisor to the City of Edmonton during the planning stages of the Horse Hill redevelopment. Her platform focuses on job growth and development in Ward 4.
LISTEN: Alison Poste on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
Tricia Velthuizen has a bachelor of arts and a diploma in professional writing. She’s worked for the Edmonton Public Library and Evergreen Funeral Chapel. She said she wants to restore fiscal common sense, create a safer northeast Edmonton and end shortsighted city planning.
LISTEN: Tricia Velthuizen on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED
In total, 13 people are running for mayor and there are 70 candidates for city council. Twenty people are running to become Edmonton Catholic School Board trustees, while 28 people are running to become Edmonton Public School Board trustees (including one acclamation).
Election day is Monday, Oct. 16.
To find out when all-candidate forums are happening in your ward, click here.
Are you running in Ward 4? Email Caley Ramsay by clicking on her byline at the top of the story.
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