Sonny Saad always takes a straightforward, no fluff approach to his work on council and that attitude will be no different if he is re-elected in the District of Sparwood.
“I worked for the town for 35 years and when I retired I always decided that I would run for council and add my voice to the mix looking from the union side into council,” said Saad.
When he first decided to run one term ago, Saad had naïve notions about what he would like to implement into the community.
“I had some ideas of wanting to see quads be allowed to run in Sparwood and the councillors in Elkford gave us reasons why we shouldn’t do that,” laughed Saad. “And then other things start to become more important and you start to see things from a different perspective.”
Saad now places more importance on the sustainability of Sparwood and wanting to build a future for the district that welcomes more people to stay.
“I would like to see a townhall or community centre that would maybe house 250 people,” said Saad.
Other projects of importance include the Lilac Terrace expansion and more lights being installed on the highway.
“I would like to see lighting expanded to the boundaries on Highway 3 because I’ve heard it and I know it, I drive a bus on it from Fernie to Coal Mountain and in the wintertime you could be in the middle of a blizzard and it really helps seeing those lights from Sparwood,” said Saad.
From his one term served, Saad said that he has a better working knowledge of the amount of work it takes to being on council and how much council’s decisions affect people.
“I came to learn that you can make six people happy and piss 12 off in the same decision. But all I can tell people is that I’m going to do the best job that I can and it’s going to be straightforward,” assured Saad.