Mohammad Waseem is taking a second shot at Estevan City Council.
Waseem was the first candidate to file papers for the upcoming councillor by-election. He ran for a seat on council in the October 2012 civic election, but finished eighth.
It was a valuable learning experience, and he decided to run again because he says he is committed to Estevan.
“My motto is the same: to give something to the community,” said Waseem.
Waseem has several concerns he'd like to see addressed if he's elected, including roads, sidewalks and greenspaces.
On the roads front, he hopes that the city will reach the point where they only have to fill a pothole once, rather than four or five times. Pothole patching and other road repairs should be happening at night, instead of during the day.
“The daytime is not a proper time for that,” said Waseem. “When they fill up, right away the traffic goes over, and all the stuff they put in comes out. They don't have any time to fill up.”
A similar problem happens when they paint lines on the street during the day. Motorists drive over the freshly painted lines, smearing the paint.
“Whoever is ordering or doing these things, if we do it at the right the time, we could do the same thing for less money and in less time,” said Waseem.
He also like to see more sidewalks repaired to make it easier for pedestrians, and more plants and trees for Estevan's parks.
“Playgrounds should be clean and nice,” he said.
He said he'll do more to reach out to the senior citizen voters in this campaign.
“Now I'll go to those buildings to present myself,” said Waseem. “This time I'm going to visit them, and hopefully … they're going to vote for me.”
He admitted that he didn't realize there were mobile polls in the last election.
Waseem also believes that his appearance on the ballot 17 months ago have boosted his profile in the community.
Nominations for the by-election closed on March 19. Local voters are slated to go to the polls on Wednesday, April 23.