Ted Lambert wants to be the new Whitehorse city councilor.
The 60-year-old father of three has long been interested in municipal issues but only firmed up his decision to run recently.
“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for awhile,” he said. “I’ve been encouraged to do it by many people for many years.
“I think it’s time that I get engaged and become part of the growth of Whitehorse.”
Originally from Alberta, Lambert has been in the Yukon for almost four decades.
The Copper Ridge resident initially came north to work in mining, but over the years he’s worn many hats, including terms as vice-president of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Industry Association Yukon.
“I have lots of experience making presentations and working with council and senior management,” he said. “A vote for me is a vote for experience.”
The city is growing but it needs to manage that growth in a balanced way, he said.
“Often the only voices we hear come from the ‘No’ camp,” said Lambert.
That level of participation and engagement from community groups is vital and encouraging, he said. But he also thinks city planners have been doing a good job.
“I’ve raised three kids in Whitehorse and I’d like them to be able to stay here and flourish,” said Lambert.
The only way that’s going to happen is if the city continues to prosper economically, he said.
Lambert sees a lot of potential for Whitehorse.
“It has a tremendous reputation in Canada as a friendly place with a vibrant arts and sports community in a beautiful wilderness setting.”
The city should work to capitalize on that reputation by focusing on tourism and attracting events, he said.
This is something that doesn’t just have a economic impact, it also has a real positive impact on the community, said Lambert.
The city council election is scheduled for December 1.
Potential candidates have until November 12 to enter the race.
So far 27 candidate packages were picked up and as of yesterday nine people have officially thrown their hat into the ring.
Kirk Cameron, Duke Connelly, Cam Kos, Patrick Singh, Martin Lehner, Mike Tribes, Harry Hrebien and Pat Berrel are also in the running.
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