Paul Albrecht is making another run for Langley City council.
This will be his third campaign for a civic seat. Last time, in 2011, he was just two slots â€“ and a few hundred votes â€“ from a council seat. Before that, he ran for a school trusteeship.
The long-time resident and married father of four want s bring his extensive knowledge of municipal government, civil engineering experience, team building abilities, and labour-management relations to the council table.
â€œHaving lived in the city for many years and worked in local government, I understand the needs of our community and the growing list of challenges, both socially and from an infrastructure perspective. It is apparent that the City is experiencing many emerging social issues that will require some proactive and aggressive solutions,â€ said Albrecht.
Currently employed by the Township of Langley, Albrecht is the President of CUPE 403 and has been involved within the labour movement for more than a decade.
Albrecht said, â€œI know the leadership skills I have developed as a labour activist will help me bridge potential divides and better serve residents. I understand the intricacies of local government and the importance of working with individuals and organizations â€“ sometimes of the opposing view â€“ to help build a stronger organization and community.â€
Albrechtâ€™s involvement in the community has extended to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) for Langley City, as well as the Triple A Housing forum for affordable living alternatives.
He has been active in Langley Minor Hockey as a coach for many years.
Albrecht recognizes there is added significance to this yearâ€™s election, as voters will be electing a mayor and councillors to a four-year term for the first time.