St. Albert city councillor Natalie Joly will be running for a second term this fall.
Joly was first elected in 2017, and is the second incumbent to add her name to the list of candidates for the 2021 municipal election Oct. 18. She made the announcement on social media on May 25.
"I am still excited about St. Albert, and I feel confident that with the next council, we're going to be able to accomplish a lot this term," she said.
This term, council passed a new municipal development plan (MDP), the underlying document influencing all other city planning documents, from area structure plans to building permits. Joly said the next council will start using the MDP to frame the future of the city, including a new environment master plan.
"It's going to be really important for the next council to look at that environment master plan to understand why we need our natural environment, and what we can do within that plan to continue to see success in the future in a sustainable way."
She also wants to bring more activities for young people to the city, work on making sure council is on the same page when it comes to development near the Sturgeon River valley, and see the build-out of the future recreation site in the city's northwest continue.
Joly said she learned a lot from her first term on council, and she wants to bring that experience to a second term. She is working to finish her Master of Business Administration degree at Athabasca University, which taught her practical knowledge in relationship building and strategy, she said.
Passion for the community in which her family lives is what makes her a good candidate to represent St. Albertans, she said.
"My grandparents raised my father here, my parents raised me and my brother here. I actually left and chose to come back to St. Albert and raise my children here. It's certainly my passion for the community," she said.
Joly said she hopes to continue connecting with residents to understand what issues matter to them.