Friday, July 31, 2015

Few names filed yet for election

With a little more than three weeks to go until the deadline to file papers for the upcoming municipal election, only a few names have been submitted so far.
The most recent addition is that of Jennifer Horton, who will be running for one of the Fort Frances town councillor seats.

“I just think that council could use someone who is a bit younger and has a different point of view,” expressed the owner of the downtown business, Curvy Chick, who filed her papers on Monday.
“I think it would be a great way to bring a different perspective to the town and to the people,” she continued.
Horton noted they had a guest speaker bring up the suggestion at a meeting of the Professional Women’s Network in the spring.
“It’s been in the back of my mind since then,” she expressed, citing that she’s always had an interest in politics.
“And with the store now, I’m wanting to become more involved in the community and want to have a voice of the future generations,” added Horton.
“It’s our generation that’s the future here,” she stressed. “And I think it’s important to have a mix of opinions, different demographics, and different ages to best represent the community.”
Horton indicated that people have been very supportive and positive about her decision to run for council.
“I know it’s a big commitment, but we’ll make it work,” she voiced, citing she does have some flexibility as a business owner.
She noted if she wins a seat on council it will be a little bit of an adjustment.
“But I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she vowed.
Meanwhile, two other names put their names in the ring last week—one for Fort Frances town councillor and the other as a Fort Frances trustee for the Rainy River District School Board—in addition to Coun. Andrew Hallikas’ who had previously put his name in for the mayor’s seat.
Charleen Mallory said becoming a town councillor is something she has been thinking about since returning to town in April, 2013.
“I’m Fort Frances-born and bred,” she noted Thursday morning in front of the museum, where she was selling some of her artistic creations as part of “Market Thursdays.”
“I was gone for a long time, but I came home because I love my town,” she added.
A retired accountant, Mallory admitted she doesn’t have any political experience.
But she said she has a passion to revitalize the town—and plenty of ideas of how to it.
“I have a bazillion ideas and I hope other people do, too,” she expressed. “Let’s put our ideas together and make this town what it should be.”
Mallory noted that she believes if you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
“I want to be part of the solution,” she stressed, citing she would love to see more people step forward to offer their ideas and suggestions.
“I have lived a lot of places, done a lot of travelling, and grew up in the tourism industry,” she remarked, adding her experiences have spurred many ideas that she thinks can help make the town a better place.
“I just hope my ideas a young enough to revitalize the town,” expressed Mallory.
Mallory acknowledged that the current council has done what it can, but feels perhaps a change is needed.
“Been there, done that, got the T-shirt—now it’s time for a new T-shirt,” she chuckled, sharing her “slogan,” although claiming she can’t take credit for coming up with it.
“It’s not my idea, but I love it,” she enthused.
She added she knows the decisions made in Fort Frances can affect the whole district, the region, and even northern Minnesota.
“So let’s try anything and everything,” she reasoned.
Meanwhile, Stephen Sinclair shares Mallory’s passion, but has it focused more towards education, which is why he decided to run as a Fort Frances trustee for the Rainy River District School Board in the upcoming municipal election.
“For the past several years, I have been very active in my school council, as well as being active with the Parent Involvement Committee,” he noted.
“I have a real heart for the education of our children,” Sinclair added.
“And I thought, what better way to give back to the community than to encourage and help build up an even better educational system to give our kids a better chance in the world,” he reasoned.
The IT services business owner said he knows being a school board trustee is a big commitment, but feels it is worth it because the children are our future.
“[It’s] almost a sacred charge in the sense that we’re trusting our kids to the educational system and we’re just sitting back and a lot of parents just let the educational system do what the educational system does,” Sinclair expressed.
“And I really want to make sure that we get the best one going here in the area,” he added, while citing he doesn’t have any big problems with the current educational system.
“But I just feel it is an area that I can really be of service to the kids, the community,” stressed Sinclair.
Sinclair said it would be wonderful to be a part of the education that will see successful members of society in 20 years or so.
“They are the future of the community,” he voiced. “They deserve a good education and, let’s face it, it’s the life of our community as well.”
Sinclair added he’s very excited about the possibility of becoming a local trustee, but he is hoping other people who are passionate about education also will put their names forward.
Anyone interested in running for mayor, town council, the two school boards, or as the “Central” rep on the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board must file their papers at the Civic Centre prior to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.
Election day officially is Oct. 27, but town electors will begin receiving their mail-in ballots the first week of October.
They will be able to vote anytime after that, up to and including Oct. 27.

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