Candidate Profile: Shawn Kuster For Ward One

Name: Shawn Kuster

Ward You’re Running In: 1

Current Occupation: Sport Scientist/Educator

Voter Information: Cel: 596-7511, Email: skuster@sasktel.net, Twitter: @skuster2012

I have and Education Degree from the University of Regina and a Masters of Kinesiology Degree from the University of Calgary. I work as a Sport Science Consultant and Educator. I have been married to my wife for 22 years and we lived in Ward 1 for 18 years with our four children. We spend a lot of time coaching and supervising their activities.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
Ward 1 Desperately needs a strong voice at city hall to express the unique needs of our communities. I feel I can be that voice. It is an opportunity to be involved with and serve my community so that we will continue to find Ward 1 a desirable location to live.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
Planned and controlled growth of the city while attending to the needs of the established communities. Prioritizing our cities current needs for growth and getting to work on upgrading the established areas.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
A diversified vibrant community that has some for everyone. A city that can mange controlled growth while meeting the needs of established communities.

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?
Housing and infrastructure renewal must take place before moving getting overwhelmed by the next “big idea”

5. Name something the last council got right.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
I think they have rushed through too many important decisions without properly consulting with the public who they represent.

7. What are you reading these days?
Just picked up Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book “Total Recall”

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?
Keg

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
I have many friends who are prominate local artists.

3. What actor would play you in the gritty cable drama, Queen City Hall?
Brad Pitt. I could use the upgrade.

4. How would your character die?
Fall into a City of Regina pot hole.

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Vampires or Werewolves? Vampire

Boxing or Roller Derby? Boxing

Steak or Sushi? Sushi

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Dewdney

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Wascana Park

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel?

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Stegosaurus

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage?

Bike or Sports Car? Sports Car

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Both

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)

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Author: Paul Dechene

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