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Jason Friesen first to announce he’s running for Saskatoon mayor in upcoming election

Jason Friesen is the first mayoral candidate for the next Saskatoon municipal election.
Jason Friesen is the first mayoral candidate for the next Saskatoon municipal election. Mandy Vocke / Global News

Jason Friesen has been thinking of running for mayor for a while. He doesn’t have past political experience but said he’s ready to take on the challenge.

Friesen grew up in Martensville and has lived in Saskatoon for about 10 years, working as a courier.

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If elected, he said he would help initiate growth in the tourism sector by bringing back the Penguin Village water park. Other big items on his platform include getting rid of the city’s bike lanes and bringing back smoking to the SaskTel Centre.

The 39-year-old considers himself an underdog going into the election but is confident in his platform.

“I’m passionate about Saskatoon. My intentions are good. I do not pander and I’m pretty firm on my stance with everything. I’m not going to sway my ideas just because someone or a group doesn’t like it,” Friesen told Global News.

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Friesen knows some of his ideas might be disputed and he’s OK with that.

“This day and age, I think controversy is a little OK,” Friesen said.

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The municipal election will be held on Nov. 9, 2020, to elect a mayor and 10 councillors for each of the city’s wards.

Current mayor Charlie Clark hasn’t announced if he will seek re-election.