TROY WAVRECAN: A new interest in politics

Troy Wavrecan has lived in Red Deer for 13 years. He currently works in the deli department at Walmart.

Troy Wavrecan has lived in Red Deer for 13 years. He currently works in the deli department at Walmart.

Troy Wavrecan has lived in Red Deer for 13 years. He currently works in the deli department at Walmart.

A computer technician who is always welcoming is the latest to announce his bid for Red Deer city council.

Troy Wavrecan, a 32-year-old WalMart employee and fireworks pyrotechnican, announced his campaign on Wednesday.

“I am someone who can be there for residents of Red Deer and not just for a specific group,” said Wavrecan. “I can also give insight to how we can reach out to those people who might not have a computer to stay informed about Red Deer.”

Improving accessibility, public services and transportation for all residents are issues high on Wavrecan’s priority list.

“Making Red Deer a safer place is important,” said Wavrecan. “Statistics nationally for Canada show Toronto is a lot safer than Red Deer yet Red Deer is a lot smaller than Toronto.”

Wavrecan would like to add more outdoor gyms in neighbourhoods across the city.

“(Another) thing is snow removal,” said Wavrecan. “I know there’s a certain budget that has to be followed but there’s been times when it snows and some of areas where the bus stops, the snow does not get plowed.”

He wants to improve the timing and frequency of snow removal.

Wavrecan says he is pro-bike lane but he was not happy with the locations for some of the lanes that increased traffic problems.

He felt council should have put the lanes on streets with less traffic.

Wavrecan grew up in Rocky Mountain House and has lived in Red Deer since 2000.