Two More Candidates Enter Race for Vacant Ward 6 Seat
At least three candidates will fight to represent Saskatoon’s Ward 6 this fall.
The central ward — which includes the downtown, Nutana, Varsity View, Grosvenor Park, Buena Vista, Haultain and Holliston — has been represented by mayoral hopeful Charlie Clark for a decade.
The announcements last week that Mark Prebble and Troy Wruck seek to replace him come a week after Ian Rambally announced his intent to run for the seat.
Prebble, a Saskatoon real estate agent, said he hopes to make Saskatoon a more environmentally sustainable city by helping residents install solar power on a larger scale and expanding bike lanes to promote active transportation.
The 31-year-old, who holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration, is president-elect of the Varsity View Community Association, a board member for Saskatchewan’s first renewable power co-op and long-time volunteer for Camp Circle of Friends, an organization that hosts an annual camp for children affected by cancer.
His professional focus is on promoting and selling energy efficient and environmentally sustainable homes, he said.
“Climate change is a real issue that we do have to take seriously and we can take a lot of practical steps, as an urban centre, to reduce our carbon footprint while also enhancing liveability,” Prebble said, adding that energy efficient initiatives also have the opportunity to save taxpayers money in the long run.
Prebble said there’s a need for “greater equity” in doling out spending to core and suburban neighbourhoods and if elected, he would fight to ensure the city’s oldest neighbourhoods get their dues. He said he would also be a fierce advocate for protecting the Meewasin Valley Authority and Northeast Swale.
Wruck, who works in marketing at the Park Town Hotel, said he wants to help council get the fundamentals right. There are so many things the city tries to fund, but first it needs to improve roads and make sure bridges are up to snuff, he said.
“My goal would be to keep council on task for all the basics that we’re supposed to be on task for — obviously roads are one of those basics — so keeping them focussed on making sure the money’s there and not going to other things,” Wruck said, adding that his car’s suspension has been bumped and scraped on the city’s pothole-riddled roads and he wants to lead the charge to fix this.
The Broadway area resident said he wants council to prioritize rebuilding the Traffic Bridge — he believes construction of the replacement should have begun before the old one was demolished — and if elected, he’d push to have the River Landing project completed as soon as possible.
Wruck said he loves Saskatoon’s festivals and wants to continue the push to make the downtown core an attractive place to visit for tourists and residents.
Originally Posted – June 26, 2016 on http://thestarphoenix.com