September 4, 2017 7:00 am
Updated: October 17, 2017 1:09 am

Edmonton election 2017: Aaron Paquette elected in Ward 4

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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

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.

Amenaghawon’s Facebook page

LISTEN: Felix Amenaghwon on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED


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Rocco Caterina

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.

Caterina’s website

Caterina’s Facebook page

Caterina’s Twitter page 

LISTEN: Rocco Caterina on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Justin Draper

Justin Draper has experience with project, program and event planning. He said his priorities include traffic safety, transit and ending homelessness.

Draper’s website

Draper’s Facebook page

Draper’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Justin Draper on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Beatrice Ghettuba

Beatrice Ghettuba is a chartered accountant who owns K2Z Accounting. Her priorities include creating safe public spaces, equal opportunities for all and economic revitalization.

Ghettuba’s website

Ghettuba’s Facebook page

Ghettuba’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Beatrice Ghettuba on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Sam Hachem

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.

Hachem’s website

Hachem’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Sam Hachem on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Hassan Haymour

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.

Haymour’s website

Haymour’s Facebook page

Haymour’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Hassan Haymour on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Wade Izzard

Wade Izzard’s top four priorities include protecting the citizens of Ward 4, housing, traffic and transit.

Izzard’s website

Izzard’s Facebook page

Izzard’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Wade Izzard on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Emerson Mayers

Mayers’ Facebook page

LISTEN: Emerson Mayers on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Martin Narsing

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.

Narsing’s website

Narsing’s Facebook page

Narsing’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Martin Narsing on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Aaron Paquette

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.

Paquette’s website

Paquette’s Facebook page

Paquette’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Aaron Paquette on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Alison Poste

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.

Poste’s website

Poste’s Facebook page

Poste’s Twitter page

LISTEN: Alison Poste on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED

Tricia Velthuizen

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.

Velthuizen’s website

Velthuizen’s Facebook page

Velthuizen’s Twitter page

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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