Jay Raymundo has lived in Airdrie for 14 years and has owned and operated NRG Fitness Inc since moving here. He is also a part owner of F45 Training Studio in Airdrie and the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Airdrie Martial Arts Centre.
He says he wants to give back to the city that has helped him, his family and his business grow and thrive for so many years.
- Why are you running for office?
The city of Airdrie has done so much for my family and business over the last 14 years and I’ve watched the city grow and develop vibrant communities. I want to be a part of that growth and development by giving back to the city and be a leader for positive change that will benefit the families that call Airdrie home.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
I want my kids to feel safe while giving my family opportunities to maintain a healthy active lifestyle by advocating for more community pathways, bike trails, practice facilities, rec centres and community parks. A healthy community is a happy community. These pathways should allow for greater access to small businesses and amenities to entice entrepreneurs to start businesses that the community can support.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
I think that we need a good plan on how to address the increasing population of Airdrie – everything from improved transportation, access to education and assistance for small businesses. I’d like to work with the City council to think outside the box and advocate for programs that will entice more businesses to set up their head office, training facilities and store fronts to help employ the local Airdrie residents. My goal is to work with the City council and collaborate with the community to develop a future that my kids will be proud of and will call Airdrie home for a long time.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
As a personal trainer and business owner, I operate with a customer-first focus. By developing rapport and trust with the community, I will operate with the same, customer-first attitude. The best way to do that is by constant and open communication and feedback.
- Why should residents vote for you?
I have a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a background in banking and finance, and a lifetime of unique experiences that will enable me to contribute this amazing city. I am a family man and local business owner. I am your neighbour, friend, employer, co-worker, colleague and partner. I am just like you! I understand the needs and challenges of raising a family in Airdrie, and I feel the struggle and demands of a small business. I will make a positive impact to the future of the city of Airdrie.