A year after deciding not to run as an incumbent, Wade Pilat is looking to reenter municipal politics as part of the October 17th byelection.
Pilat, who served a full term from 2017-2021, says he is for the most part aligned with the process and strategic plan that current members have set out to achieve. However, he says there remains a feeling of unfinished business when it comes to time as a public servant.
“A year pause has kind of given me a direction change in a few things that I probably would have like to push out a little bit more… I just think there are things that I didn’t get done the first term that I’d like to come back and finish up,” he says.
“I was a pretty big part of a lot of the decisions, important ones, I felt, last term so I’m looking forward to possibly getting back around the table, debating, deliberating and doing it all again.”
Pilat says during his last term, he had tried to work with the business community a lot, and was very business focused, and whilst that will still remain a hallmark of his candidacy, he is hoping to expand his reach within the municipality.
“But, I think here is going to be a lot more focus on community pride, and some others thing I maybe have a little bit more of a different lens on than maybe I did even a year ago,” he adds.
The byelection was called for October 17th, following the passing of John Lehners, who was elected to council in 2021.