Accountant launches mayoral campaign
Chad Novak said he wanted to do things a “little bit differently” Monday morning.
The 36-year-old launched his mayoral candidacy by driving up 12th Avenue on to the City Square Plaza in a flashy red Pontiac Solstice convertible sports car, wearing a black suit and sunglasses. The car’s Saskatchewan licence plate read 4MAYR.
“If that doesn’t show people I like to think outside the box, I don’t know what else will,” said Novak, who is originally from Moose Jaw but has been living in Regina for the past four years.
Novak unveiled “four key platform ideas” of his campaign to a handful of media and members of the public.
First, Novak said he wants to review the Regina Revitalization Project, and afterwards, extend the initiative to the North Central neighbourhood. Providing landlords in this neighbourhood with financial incentives to renovate their properties would help with the city’s affordable housing crisis, he said.
Secondly, Novak wants to “eliminate the waste” in City Hall through administrative review and reform. His plan would be to find efficiencies and possibly eliminate “some (staff) positions through attrition, retirements, those kind of things — layoffs will be a minimum, if at all,” he said. New staff positions could also be created through the review.
Novak’s third key idea ― accountability and transparency to taxpayers ― would strive to improve the dialogue between City Hall and the public. This would involve better use of social media such as Facebook.
His final key idea is to find innovative strategies to address automotive concerns for the city’s car enthusiasts. A motorsport facility could improve public safety by taking racing off the streets, he said.
“This has been something on the minds of so many citizens for decades, but unfortunately it seems their concerns have fallen on deaf ears more often than not,” he said.
Other platform ideas would be revealed in the months leading up to the election, he said.
Novak, a married accountant at Sasktel, said what sets him apart from other candidates, including his main rival Coun. Michael Fougere (Ward 4), is his training as a strategic thinker through his certified management accountant (CMA) designation. Novak also said he plans to run a clean campaign by focusing on his own merit rather than “throwing dirt” on other candidates.
Although he drove up the blocked section of 12th Avenue between Lorne Street and Scarth Street (with the city’s permission), Novak said he supports keeping the section closed permanently.
Novak, who has no previous municipal council experience, said he was originally planning on running as a city councillor in Ward 8. But after Mayor Pat Fiacco announced on Feb. 14 he wouldn’t be seeking reelection, Novak decided to run for mayor instead. “I felt that it was my time,” he said, adding that he has enough professionalism, support and a “fresh view” to be the city’s next mayor.
Novak said he’s planning to raise some of his municipal concerns at the March 12 city council meeting.
Chad Novak announces his intentions to run for mayor.