Sandy Clark has had a lifelong passion for local governance, but the timing was never quite right for her to explore a career in politics.
This election cycle, Clark decided it to try for a seat on St. Albert city council. She has already got a slogan: "Make Your Mark for Clark."
"I have been encouraged by many long-term residents as well as a few well-known St. Albertans to seek a position on city council," Clark said. "I have a passion for St. Albert, and transitioning to city council seems like a natural progression."
A former paralegal of 29 years, Clark now works in a west Edmonton law firm as an office administrator. She was born in the Capital Region and moved to St. Albert in 2014. Married with children and grandchildren, Clark is currently a member of St. Albert's subdivision and development appeal board, and is an active volunteer in the community.
She said she believes in "open, honest, transparent governance" and wants to be an advocate for St. Albert as the city grapples with financial challenges brought on by the pandemic.
She touched on a few goals, if elected: attracting business investment to St. Albert; pushing for roadway infrastructure into new business parks; and protecting the city's tree canopy and river valley.
"If elected, I would push for ways to guard against over-development and destruction of these natural resources," she said.
Mitigating traffic stresses, revitalizing the downtown core, and carrying out the vision set out in the city's newly-adopted municipal development plan (MDP) follow on Clark's list.
Clark is a vocal part of a St. Albert group opposed to development plans at Riverbank Landing. Clark said, if elected, she will no longer be part of the group.
"I think the developer and the community have the opportunity to come together with a with a clear compromise ... I think that would satisfy the community, while still providing a development for the developer to move forward."