Four-term Leduc councillor, Robert (Bob) Young is seeking to replace retiring Leduc Mayor, Greg Krischke in the October 16 municipal election. Young said in a statement to Leduc Elections, “…with my leadership we can meet the challenges that our community will face in the next four years”. Young, a long-time Leduc resident, spent his professional career teaching in area schools and has dedicated much of his volunteer life to encouraging and supporting sports in the district.
A fitness fan, Young is proud to have founded and served on many local and area sports league executives, including Leduc Minor Hockey, Leduc Minor Baseball and many, many other youth-centred organizations.
Young was happy to serve with Mayor Krischke for so many years describing the respected politician as, “the greatest ambassador for the City of Leduc”; a description shared by many.
Being on council for over a decade, Young has accumulated a strong list of personal accomplishments while still embracing his role as a team player. These achievements include spearheading the successful Canada Day Concerts, Alberta Summer and Winter Games, Alberta Centennial festivities, plus strong advocacy of the LRC, the Boys and Girls Club, library, spray park and numerous other local initiatives. This is a sizeable feat since council work is largely a team sport where compromise and conciliation are valued over conflict for achieving consensus. It is remarkable for any one councillor to stand out individually while continuing to fit in with the group, but Young appears to have mastered this delicate balancing act.
Young relayed his core platform this way, “With my four terms of City Council experience I am ready to take on the leadership role for the city. I would like to reduce the tax burden, control traffic and congestion, and build a community that attracts and retains businesses.” Young also supports initiatives such as increasing access to city facilities for seniors and families, simplifying government processes through reduced ”red tape”, and providing more green spaces for all citizens of Leduc.
For a closer look at the candidate, his website can be found here.