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Wooldridge has lived in Regina for the last five years, and on and off before that since he was born in the city in 1981. Earlier this year, he unsuccessfully ran against Naomi Hunter for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Green Party.
Beyond cutting the mayor’s salary, Wooldridge said he would also find a new use for the mayor’s office should he win the election. Instead of making it his own workspace, he said he would “turn it over to something more useful, like water quality” while he could work from wherever he was needed with “a cellphone, a laptop and people occasionally telling me where I need to be.” Together with city councillors, he would also consider opening up City Hall to commercial development.
Better public transportation is also a priority for Wooldridge, and he called the city’s existing transit “an embarrassment.”
He pointed to other cities that either already have, or are looking at using, light rail transit, which is a type of urban rail system.
“With our current transit route, we’re not getting anywhere,” he said. “We need to make this a world class city and we need to not be afraid of saying so.”
Taking a closer look at the role of the Regina Police Service (RPS) in the community is also on his priority list. While Wooldridge said he supports the work of the RPS and praised Chief Evan Bray, he did not support the idea of an armed officer attending wellness checks for people struggling with a mental illness.
“I think we need to look at options such as community policing, at decentralizing the police if necessary,” he said. “There needs to be a full public discussion on it.”
Tony Fiacco, Jerry Flegel, Jim Elliott, Mitchell Howse and Sandra Masters have all announced their intentions to run for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Michael Fougere has also announced his intention to run for re-election.