Candidate Profile: Rob Armstrong For Ward One

Name: Rob Armstrong

Ward You’re Running In: 1

Current Occupation: Telecommunications Sales Manager

Voter Information: Twitter: @RobVArmstrong ; E-Mail: [email protected]; Phone: 209-2888

I was born and raised in Lloydminster. I moved to Regina in 2010 with my wife, Andrea. I am a rabid sports fan (Riders, Oilers, Jays, Raptors, Patriots). I dedicate a lot of time to the Arts, primarily with Regina Lyric Musical Theatre. I started performing with the group in 2010, and have recently become a board member. I am employed by Koodo Mobile, a company that I’ve been with for nearly 4 years.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
I want to give back to my community. Since moving to Regina, my wife and I have been afforded some great opportunities. This is where we are going to raise our family, and I want to have a hand in shaping the future of the city.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
INFRASTRUCTURE. We having aging roads and aging pipes under these road. We need to repair the pipes first, and then fix the roads. Doing it the other way around would be a waste of money. As well, with our growing city, we need to balance the prioritization of new infrastructure, with the existing infrastructure.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
One Word: “Monorail”… But seriously, we need to keep this city growing. Within 20 years, I have several goals for the city: Build the stadium as laid out in the RRI, increase city population to over 225,000 people, rejuvenate the arts community with assistance from the provincial government, and host a world class sporting event.

4. Beyond immediate concerns like housing, the stadium and infrastructure renewal, what “big idea” project do you want to work on that nobody seems to be talking about?
The RRI is already big enough of a project, I don’t think another “big idea” is needed right now. However, one thing that nobody else seems to want to talk about is Taxes. I think it would be in the best interest of the city if there was an incremental increase in taxes, over and above what has already been discussed

5. Name something the last council got right.
Getting the ball rolling for the RRI.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
Not focusing on improving infrastructure at an earlier date.

7. What are you reading these days?
Haven’t had time to read the past two months, besides online news articles.

8. Beyond your residence, do you own any property in Regina or in the immediate area?
No

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FUN QUESTIONS!

1. What is your favourite Regina restaurant?
Beer Bros.

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
Regina Lyric Musical Theatre (Shameless Plug)

3. What actor would play you in the gritty cable drama, Queen City Hall?
Danny McBride, the comedic relief. Or I could play my own character. My acting style has been described as “The human embodiment of a Michael Bay movie.” – Ben Redant

4. How would your character die?
Taking a bullet to save a friend’s life.

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires

Boxing or Roller Derby? Boxing

Steak or Sushi? Steak

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Quance Street

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Artesian

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie Dog

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Giant Grasshopper

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? SaskAdvantage

Bike or Sports Car? Sports Car

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Five Guys

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Beatles

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)
What makes you a strong leader?
I am able to get buy-in from the people that I work with. I make decisions based on the consensus, rather than solely based on my own opinion. I understand that the most important part of any conversation is being able to truly listen. I bring a positive energy to every relationship that I develop, and I hope to do the same with the City of Regina.

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Author: Paul Dechene

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