Councillor Szarka

Chris Szarka is used to running footballs for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but the fullback now has a new role to tackle — city councillor.

Chris Szarka

Chris Szarka is used to running footballs for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but the fullback now has a new role to tackle — city councillor. Szarka, who has been with the ’Riders for 13 years, won a seat on Regina city council during municipal elections held Wednesday in Saskatchewan. Szarka practised with the green and white Thursday but that didn’t stop him from getting down to work. “My first order of business was told to me by (Mayor) Pat Fiacco . . . and the rest of councillors, that is to go out and win on Saturday,” Szarka said, laughing. The Riders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Szarka only needs three rushing touchdowns to tie Kent Austin for second spot behind George Reed as the ’Rider with the most career rushing touchdowns. Szarka said his teammates backed his run for the council seat. “They stood out with me in the cold and you know smiled and waved to everybody as they went and voted,” said Szarka. “There was a lot of support on this team.”

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