A well-known minor hockey guy and military veteran has announced his intention to run for town council in the 2020 Morinville municipal election.
Candidate Wayne Gatza filed his nomination papers earlier this month.
A town resident for 26 years, Gatza last ran for town council in 2013, where he finished in 11th place with 415 votes.
A real-estate broker and a 20-year veteran of the Canadian military, Gatza is perhaps best known in Morinville for his work with minor hockey. He served as president of the Sturgeon Hockey Club for four years, led the town’s 2015 Kraft Hockeyville campaign, and is currently president and coach of the Morinville Kings hockey team.
“I’m that team-player kind of guy,” he said, adding that he has strong leadership and organizational skills from his time with the military.
Gatza said he is a community-minded person who figured he could do more to improve Morinville by getting involved instead of just complaining about the place. If elected, he said he would focus on the town’s taxes and finances.
“The answer to financial viability isn’t to continue to raise taxes,” he said, but to find new ways to trim costs and generate revenue.
Gatza said he would seek to draw more businesses to Morinville and limit the use of closed council sessions to improve council transparency.
“Honesty and integrity is what you’re going to get from me.”
Gatza said he didn’t fare well in the 2013 election because he was too busy with work to properly campaign. This time, he plans to do some serious door-knocking.
Nominations for the 2021 Morinville election are due Sept. 20. Visit www.morinville.ca/en/town-hall/election.aspx for details.