A closer look at your choices this election - Ward 2

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 2 - Rosser

Kris Desjarlais

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

I have years of board and committee experience in the areas of homelessness, health and wellness, seniors, Indigenous programming, sports, food security, employment, education and economic development. My political science background gives me a solid base of knowledge in all areas of government and the role of a city councilor. Nothing compares to the real thing and these past four years representing the residents of the Rosser ward and the city at large is what benefits me the most. I have a much clearer understanding of the various departments and internal operations of the city. Financial stewardship of our city taxes is the most important role we have as councilors, so having four budget deliberations under my belt is of significant benefit.

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


I think Brandon’s infrastructure deficit, lack of available recreation and recent spike in crime/meth crisis are what this next council should focus on over the next  term. I’m running again because I enjoyed representing the residents of Rosser and the city at large. Council can play a role in creating a vision for a community. I believe our council demonstrated it could set aside differences and be progressive while remaining fiscally prudent. I’d like to be apart of that again.

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

There are many priorities we are already working on that I’d like to see through: downtown parking improvements (currently planning for public consultation); funding options for the 8th Street bridge; sidewalk and back lane infrastructure as well as a sidewalk snow removal by-law. I’d like to explore ways to assist seniors on fixed income with affordability re: property taxes. One idea I have is to work with the province and allow seniors to lock in their assessed value at 65. I’d like to work with administration to improve communication around road closures when we are making repairs or infrastructure improvements. I think we can improve transit operations and focus on convenience and frequency over total coverage. Also, tree planting in preparation for the Emerald Ash Bore, environmental stewardship, continued development in the downtown, soccer fields and other recreation needs.

Glen Kruck

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

I have served 8 years as an elected school trustee. I have extensive experience in community development which includes building 60 apartments in downtown Brandon; building 10 new low-income family homes; creating the Building Re-Fit Store; helping create Brandon’s first Skateboard Park ; building the downtown Global Market, Community Kitchen, Playground and Skating Rink.

As a result I have received nine awards and was named by the Brandon Sun as one of the top ten people making Brandon more beautiful. I have also grown a company with no assets into a company with over $7 million in assets.

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

The main reason that I am running is because I have been listening to the citizens of Brandon for many years and they have many, many excellent ideas which would help make the city of Brandon an even better place to live and work. Hence, I have chosen to run in order to bring at least some of their ideas to life.

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

My Vision for Brandon is “A Healthy, Wealthy, Happy City.” I plan on helping to save tax dollars and the environment by converting City Transit into a fast and efficient grid system which would greatly reduce transit fuel costs, reduce traffic congestion on 18th Street, and increase transit ridership as one could get from one end of the city to the other in a heartbeat. Then I would convert the unneeded downtown bus mall into two hours of free parking. I also plan on working with families so that they can buy their first home.

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