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Dustan Hlady joined the list of candidates for city council.
The 31-year-old dropped off his nomination papers to be on city council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.
“I want to run because I really want to be the people’s councillor. I want to be someone that represents the city and actually represents the city. That’s why I’m giving out my personal cellphone number,” said Hlady.
He said there are four main points he is focusing on for his platform — low-income housing, infrastructure, the arts and recycling. He said low-income housing is something he’d really like to work on.
“I think, most of all I think we need creative approaches,” said Hlady. “Our city has been growing.”
For infrastructure, he believes the main points to work on are water and sewage, snow removal and roads. He said the infrastructure definitely needs to solved as soon as possible.
“The main problem is budgeting. I think we need creative ways to budget,” said Hlady, adding that the solution to funding infrastructure is to tweak and work on the budgeting. “I hope that mostly everyone could be on board … We need to get that done in the next four years.”
He said the infrastructure was supposed to have been fixed in the last three years, but it didn’t happen. He said he wasn’t in a position to judge anyone because “everything goes slow in politics,” but it is definitely a priority for the next council term.
For recycling, he said the city should develop a free curbside recycling pick-up program. He said what makes him different from other candidates in his platform is that he is a strong proponent of the arts.
Hlady grew up in Alberta and has lived in Moose Jaw for seven years. He has a degree in humanities and is a child and youth support worker. Over the years, Hlady has volunteered for city organizations including Festival of Words and Joe’s Place Youth Outreach. He lives in the city with his wife and their two boys.
“I believe what city council needs is a creative voice and a creative mind,” said Hlady. “I think I have that (to) give to the city. I can find new ways to solve problems because our city is changing whether we like it or not.”
He said he believes he has a creative mind that can find innovative solutions to the issues in the city. Hlady said he would like to make city council more transparent.
“I believe there needs to be more accountability to the people of Moose Jaw,” said Hlady.
Hlady said for more information, visit www.dustanhlady.com or call him on his cellphone at 306-313-9508.