Hungry Baytaluke is running for Sparwood mayor. (Contributed)

Hungry Baytaluke is running for Sparwood mayor. (Contributed)

Hungry Baytaluke running for Sparwood mayor

Baytaluke has previously served 12 years on the district council

Hungry Baytaluke has stepped up to run for mayor of Sparwood.

A long-time resident of the c0mmunity, Baytaluke has represented Sparwood on council before, having been elected four times to three year-terms in 1996, 1999, 2005, and 2011, and contesting the mayoral role in 2014.

“I have previously served four 3 year terms on Council, and feel that if you want change you need to commit the effort and energy into being part of that change by getting involved,” he said.

He’s served on various boards in town over the years: The Sparwood Golf Club, Sparwood Weight Training Club, Lilac Terrace, the district’s Socio-Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee (SCEEAC), and the Sparwood Public Library Board.

Baytaluke said that any and all residents of Sparwood were capable of serving on council.

”The criteria is basically commitment to giving of your time and maintaining an open mind towards the potential solutions that improve Sparwood.

“This for me involves seeking out and listening to our residents and working with other representatives in achieving the best outcome leaving out any and all personal agendas.”

Originally from Saskatchewan, Baytaluke has lived in Sparwood since 1969. He and his wife, Melanie, have one son and they watched him graduate locally in June this year. Baytaluke himself is semi-retired, and works part-time with the School District, TA Contracting, and Manitoulin Transport.

Baytaluke will be challenging incumbent Sparwood mayor David Wilks for the role.

“I am open minded and committed to being transparent and accountable to the citizens of Sparwood while keeping the communities best interests at the forefront.

“Thank you and please take time to vote – have your say in who manages your community.”

Baytaluke is also on the ballot for Area A director with the Regional District, and the school board.

READ MORE: Sparwood election candidates declared
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