Warman bidding for third term as mayor

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Tyler Warman is one of two candidates for mayor of Slave Lake. If elected, it will be his third term in that position.

Warman has actually served a bit more than two terms, having taken over as interim mayor a few months before the 2013 election, when mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee resigned.

Asked why he decided to run again, Warman says, “I’m really excited about the outlook for Slave Lake’s future over the next few years.”

He goes on to say he thinks the prospects for growth and prosperity are better for the community than they are for many others in the province.

Having said that, Warman goes on to say, what makes Slave Lake an attractive community for people to move to has a lot to do with quality of life. He says, “it’s time to invest in people and organizations, that contribute to a healthy community.”

That comes down to money, he agrees, but also “political will.”

Speaking of which, Warman says he thinks there’s “a great group of candidates” for council. “That inspires me as well,” he says. He anticipates there being a group of community leaders on the new council “that can really move this community and region forward. I’d like to be a part of that.”

Warman got into local politics in 2010 with a successful bid for a seat on town council. He was just 29 years old at the time, but was well known in town for running a business, serving as a volunteer firefighter and being president of the Rotary Club. He gave up the latter two roles when he joined town council, except for a stint as a firefighter in the 2011 wildfire disaster.

Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Warman has lived in Slave Lake since 1992. He is married to Janice and they have two children.

Warman says he has enjoyed being mayor for the past eight years. Some good things have been accomplished in that period, he says, including investments in infrastructure, a lot of advocacy with higher levels of government. Not only that, he says, “our hard work has saved taxpayers a ton of money,” by tracking down grants and by regional collaboration agreements.

Communication is an important factor in how Warman sees municipal leadership. He’s certainly been more accessible and visible than many of his predecessors in that regard.

Asked about the issue of homelessness, Warman says he doesn’t see any scenario where it ends, but he does predict the new council “will see an increased amount of energy put into that.”

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