The campaign for Zurakowski’s potential third term in Ward 8 will be to ensure the continuation of development on certain issues pending his re-election.
“Three words — infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure,” he said. “We need to continue our investment in infrastructure, whether that be the landfill, the roads, the water sewage treatment plant, those are the basic levels of services that we need to continue to invest in.”
Zurakowski mentioned that his priorities for his next term would be the completion of the Rotary trail on the west side of the city as well as the West Hill master plan, which includes 613 acres of underdeveloped land.
“There’s a few things that I’d like to see finished up,” he said. “The West Hill infrastructure project needs to be completed; the underdeveloped growth in the West Hill master plan, once that comes to fruition, the west hill’s going to be developed. I’d like to see the Rotary trail done and we need to continue working for increased industry and long-term careers in Prince Albert — we need to keep working towards that.”
Zurakowski said he looks forward to going out into the community to chat with his neighbours in Ward 8.
“As always, that’s the fun part of campaigning, is you go and knock on the door and you get to hear … from people who wouldn’t normally call you, to see what’s on their mind,” he said.
According to Zurakowski, he enjoys helping people navigate the waters of City Hall.
“And frankly I just enjoy (the) part of the job when somebody gives you a call —their issue is (for you) to navigate City Hall for them because people don’t have time to navigate City Hall. That’s been a good part of the job, is being able to help people with whatever issue they have and find solutions for them.”
Zurakowski is currently chair of the John M. Cuelenaere Library Bord as well as the city’s Housing Committee. Since being elected in 2006, he has also served on a number of boards, including the Police Commission, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the P.A. Golf and Curling Club, the Raider Board and the Community Services board. Zurakowski, along with his wife Jamie, have been teaching in the Prince Albert school system for the past 15 years.
Ward 8 stretches from the West Hill south and from 10th Avenue West eastward to Central Avenue.
Zurakowski will be running against Dave Koester, who announced his candidacy on July 23.
The civic election will take place on Oct. 24.
“It’s been a pleasure serving the people of West Hill and Prince Albert,” Zurakowski said. “And I’m looking forward to another term.”