Estevan's Phil Zajac is the second candidate to declare his intention to seek the Conservative Party's nomination in Souris-Moose Mountain in the upcoming federal election.
Zajac said he supports the Conservative Party's fiscal and strategic principles, and he places a high emphasis on family, faith and a free country.
"This community has always been very good to my family and I, and so I think about how I can best serve the community – by representing them in Ottawa, doing a good job and effectively voicing our needs and concerns for what needs to be done in southeast Saskatchewan," said Zajac.
He said he has some big ambitions in his political career, and he doesn't want to just be an MP; he would seek high-profile posts within the Tory caucus and in Parliament.
"I would work hard to become the most popularly-elected MP in the country, margin-wise," said Zajac. "Ed (incumbent MP Ed Komarnicki) was very close, and I think I can surpass what Ed did in the last election."
Since he arrived in Estevan nearly five years ago, Zajac has found several different ways to be involved in the community. He has coached minor football, high school football and girls' softball, and he has been part of numerous boards in the community.
He was also recently elected as the chair of the Estevan Public Library's board.
Zajac was previously on the board for the South East Saskatchewan Enterprise Region – an organization that pushed for the twinning of Highway 39, and lobbied on housing issues.
"I'm a strong supporter of twinning 39," said Zajac. "As a candidate, I would work hard to get more federal involvement."
As for affordable housing, he said his time with SSEER and youth football has given him insight into how difficult it will be for young people in Souris-Moose Mountain to purchase a home or find a place to live.
He also supports the Keystone XL project and other proposed pipeline projects.
Zajac studied sociology when he went to university in Wisconsin, but he said he took numerous courses on political science and sociology.
He believes that now is the right time for him to seek elected office, as his daughter will graduate from high school this year, and so he would have the time to dedicate to the MP's job.
A nomination meeting will likely take place this fall, he said, so he will have several months to solicit the public's support. He is hopeful that other candidates will step forward and seek the party's nomination.
Zajac joins Dr. Robert Kitchen among the candidates for the Tory nomination. Incumbent Tory MP Ed Komarnicki announced last February that he wouldn't be seeking another term as MP.