Open Letter To Saskatoon Ward 6 Residents

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Dear Voter,

I was born, raised, and have lived in Saskatoon nearly my entire life, and have strong opinions about what works about our beautiful city and what does not. I focus on the positive and I believe anything is possible with the right mindset. And if you vote for me, there are things I will work hard to change in our neighbourhoods.

I have years of business experience in this city and I’m a longtime resident of the Broadway area. I’ve long wanted to be on City Council and now feel this is a great time for me to run as your Ward 6 Councillor. My young family is ready to support me and I can’t wait to get to work.

With our growing community, it’s as important as ever to keep my ear to the ground listening to the diverse needs of members of our community. I love the arts, our local schools, our parks, which I use daily, especially when coaching my kids’ soccer.

But I do want to see improvements. And I will work hard to make these happen. More than a decade of potholes on nearly every street in my neighborhood prompted a first-time visitor from a neighbouring province to say to me “Nutana looks like a war zone”. Although I wouldn’t go quite that far, I’ve had my car’s suspension bumped and scraped as often as the rest of you. I’ve also replaced three rims. I want to be there making decisions to fix our city’s roads.

I will keep our council focused on getting our Traffic Bridge open again. It was once an iconic landmark before closing six years ago, where it remains only partially demolished, constricting city centre traffic, and defacing the beauty of our South Saskatchewan River.

I’ll push to complete work on the downtown riverbank development project that began nearly 30 years ago, as I graduated from Saskatoon’s Mount Royal Collegiate. It was way back then when the old Saskatoon Arena was flattened yet it continues to sit undeveloped after many attempts by numerous councils, and in spite of being one of the city’s most valued and developable properties.

I love our city’s festivals, vibrancy, diverse community and I see huge potential in the downtown core for all of us to work together to make our city centre truly shine. For everyone—Indigenous People, refugees, LBGTQ, whether you’re a business professional, a labourer, an academic, a newcomer or a long-time resident of Saskatoon, I want to hear from you.

Should the citizens of Ward 6 entrust me as Councillor by voting for me on October 26th, 2016, I will employ all my resources, connections and nearly 25 years of experience as a businessperson to keep Saskatoon Council focused on delivering high standards in our core services. And I’ll be there every step of the way as we make Saskatoon a world class city.

I don’t pretend to think this will come easily, however, things of importance rarely do. Critical things like repaving roads, reconstructing the Traffic Bridge, and improving our city’s interior neighbourhoods not only impact those who live here, they also benefit every citizen of Saskatoon who gather in the city’s core. Whether you’re working, shopping, dining, or being entertained by our extraordinary dance or theatre productions, and our many festivals, I want to represent you. This is our city of culture and I know we can make it great.

If you have any questions, would like to support my campaign, or just want to chat to get to know me better please reach out to me.

Cheers,
Troy

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~ Francis of Assisi