A closer look at your choices this election - Ward 1

The Westman Journal asked candidates running for Brandon City Council in the 2018 municipal election three questions. Their answers may help you make a decision when you hit the polling booth on Oct. 24.

The candidates for Ward 1 - Assiniboine

Jeff Fawcett

What experience do you have that would benefit you should you be elected to Brandon City Council on Oct. 24?

I have eight years experience on City Council. I have worked with all areas of city operations and have built trust relationships with staff that has made for very good communication which I share with residents.

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Prior to my City Council experience, I built relationships in the business community, the arts community, with administration in the school division, BU, ACC, as well as with representatives in the Federal and Provincial governments. These relationships have always been used to try to improve our community for everyone.

What are the issues you deem to be priorities as they apply to the reasons behind your entry in the election?

As always, managing the budget is the most significant priority. It is council’s single largest responsibility. Aside from budget, there are ward issues such as 18th Street and Braecrest Drive intersection, completion of Clare Avenue, and the Winston Churchill park splash park installation. As well, city at large issues such as the completion of the dike work, beginning the Peter Sawatzky sculpture garden at the Riverbank, working towards a Brandon Charter, and beginning work on the outdoor sports field complex.

What would you like to accomplish through the next term should you be elected?

I would like to see the dike work completed and the continued redevelopment of the Riverbank Corridor. It would be wonderful if we could get the City Industrial Park plan initiated to begin servicing industrial sites to help pursue more industry into the City. Have the City and the Province come to a decision and implement a more safe and effective intersection at 18th Street and Braecrest Drive. See the implementation of a Brandon Charter. Have the outdoor sports field complex near completion.

Jeff Plas

What experience do you have that would benefit you should you be elected to Brandon City Council on Oct. 24?

Over the last 50 years I lived in Big Cities and Small Towns. At different times I have managed, worked at and owned small, medium, and large business. I have the skills and the acumen to help the city. Working in the sales and retail sector, I get to speak with a lot of residents regarding the city.
I put the citizens and their needs first. I set aside any biased views and put my constituents and office first. I will honor the bylaws, rules and regulations set forth by the city. I have the integrity to put Assiniboine Ward first and fix the issues now.

What are the issues you deem to be priorities as they apply to the reasons behind your entry in the election?

The city has lost its sense of priority in accomplishing small, needed items (some urgent) and projects such as properly warned school crosswalks and compelling the province to find urgently needed solutions, not just proposals for improper signaled intersections like 18th Street and Braecrest Drive.

Before we even consider a Sculpture Garden, many residents would like the city to improve many existing problems such as proper crosswalk warning beacons at all school crossings.

As well, Knowlton Drive needs a sidewalk on the east side of the street so the children can get to the crosswalk, especially in the winter.

In regards to a new water park, how can the city afford a water park for the North Hill when for the past three years it could not even afford to staff one lifeguard at the kiddie pool or attend to the rusted out play structure at the Sportsplex? These are not expensive fixes, but they are examples of some of the much-needed ones. 


What would you like to accomplish through the next term should you be elected?

It is well known that the shame of Brandon, “The Brandon Indian Residential School” ruins and grounds are in the Assiniboine Ward of Brandon. What many residents don’t know is that the city bulldozed the Residential School Cemetery (including any headstones) to make way for a park. As per The Truth and Reconciliation Report, immediate action and remediation must be taken to resolve this.

 

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