Occupation: communications consultant, former journalist
Single, three children
This is Scott McKeen’s second run at city hall.
In 2010 he ran in Ward seven, placing second to incumbent Tony Caterina.
This time, he says, is different. He’s running where he’s lived for thirty years.
The former journalist and city hall columnist says his reporting days and his “love of public service” are a natural fit for city council.
“I don’t have direct first hand experience as a councillor but I probably sat through more council meetings than some of the incumbents, so I bring somewhat vicarious experience.”
Since leaving the Edmonton Journal in 2010 McKeen has volunteered and served on numerous boards.
If elected, McKeen says he’ll continue with the “assertive and aggressive” direction set by the previous administration under Stephen Mandel. He says the job of the next council is to ensure promises, like the arena project, are kept.
“I really think Ward six has to be the jewel in the crown, it is unique and it is a place where we want to really strut ourself, I think all Edmontonians want it to be a place where we can take visitors,” he says.
McKeen says more family friend amenities, regular foot patrols by police officers and a greater focus on how to grow the urban core are key issues for ward six.
He admits potholes are a hot issue in this election, but says they represent something larger for Edmontonians.
“I think they are symbolic of Edmontonians and their wish to be proud of their city,” he says.