Einar Olsen, Rimbey’s youngest town council candidate, has stepped forward to let his name stand for the municipal election.
The 28-year-old father of one hopes his decision to run will stir up interest in political issues among the younger generation.
“I would like to see more involvement with my generation and I would like to generate more interest in the young people moving into town and staying to raise their families.”
Although Olsen has no experience in politics, he is more than willing to learn and is committed to researching all pertinent issues to come up with the best solution possible.
He would like to see more businesses in town and the vacant buildings on Main Street occupied. A broader tax base is needed to for local improvements such as the walking trails.
“I agree the library needs to be expanded but I was not in favor of town office moving to the provincial building. It is nice and central where it is.”
Olsen wants to see the town move forward as a united close-knit community.
“I would like to get rid of the division which seems to exist,’ he said.
Rimbey is a great community and has the potential for growth, both in the commercial and residential sector, he said.
The journeyman carpenter has lived in Rimbey for 14 years. He is a member of the men’s soccer team and also sits on their board.
He and wife Jocelyn have a six-month-old daughter Lilly.
“We plan to make Rimbey our home and raise our daughter here,” he said. “I like the small town feel and the fact that everybody knows everybody.”