Jason Valstar’s desire to give back to the community prompted him to run as a Ponoka County councillor for Division 5.
Valstar faces off against incumbent Nancy Hartford for the position of county councillor.
“I have no personal agenda. I would simply like to give back in a bigger way,” he said.
Valstar moved to the Rimbey are in 1994 with his wife Mariann. The couple, who have four children, Cassidy, Megan, Kyle and Jordyn, ran a dairy farm for several years. In 2015 they sold the dairy and purchased JEMCO Feeds and Supplies (Rimbey Feeds).
“I truly believe in serving the local community to the best of your ability and the power of neighbours,” he said.
Valstar wants to do his part to keep Ponoka County as safe and enjoyable as possible for all ages of people.
He sees the maintenance and upgrading of county roads as a top priority, noting that traffic continues to increase.
“In reality, everyone is busier,” he said. “It’s important to look after those roads.”
Theft and vandalism are other concerns for Valstar, and, if elected, he would like to play an active role in ensuring there is a greater presence of law enforcement and stronger community rural crime watch.
While in the Rimbey community Valstar has served on church boards, Central Alberta youth Unlimited Board, 4-H leader and as a minor hockey coach.
He enjoys helping the community in any way he can and is committed to the values of family, honesty and hard work.
“I am dedicated to my community and have created many lasting bonds with the citizens in this area.”