Hi, I’m Michael Behan and I’ve been proud to call Fort Frances home for the past 31 years.
I decided to run for town council in this municipal election because I want to help make our community an even better place to live for all.
During my career at the Fort Frances Times, I’ve had a front-row seat to the myriad of complex and pressing issues facing our community. I believe my work experience and skill set, such as being inquisitive, open-minded, and trusted, along with the ability to listen and work under deadline, would serve me well as a town councillor.
I’ve also been a longtime volunteer over my years living here in Fort Frances. I first sat on the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre board and helped lay the groundwork for the much-needed renovations that have transformed it into the modern and attractive facility it is today.
I later served on the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce executive for several years, including a term as president. While with the Chamber, I helped oversee the creation of “Quest for the Best” and the annual business awards–both of which still are going strong to this day. As president, I played a role in getting the new Customs facility built in Fort Frances.
I also sat for several seasons on the Muskie Touchdown Club, during which time we created the discount card program that still is running today.
In short, I have a proven track record of being effective, successful, and able to get things done–which I feel can serve our community well at the council table.
I believe the future of Fort Frances hinges on attracting jobs to broaden our tax base so we can invest in the infrastructure, services, and amenities that are vital to ensuring our town remains a vibrant and prosperous community.
We also must pursue every opportunity to boost our economy–from how best to develop the Shevlin wood yard to whether marijuana retail outlets should be allowed to operate in town.
As well, we should look at working in partnership with our post-secondary institutions to expand their offerings so more local residents can receive their education and training here rather than having to move away; and perhaps even attracting out-of-town students to study here.
We need to work collaboratively with our local MP and MPP regardless of their political stripe, with district municipalities and First Nations, with town administration, staff, and all of the boards and commissions, and any other agencies or groups to find innovative ways to guide our community forward.
I also strongly believe that if you are a resident of Fort Frances, you are a citizen of Fort Frances. And if you are a citizen of Fort Frances, you matter. Your concerns matter, your opinions matter, and, most importantly, your ideas matter.
I want everyone to feel they have a stake and say in our community’s future.
As a candidate for council, I fully realize I’m asking voters to entrust me with the tremendous responsibility of looking out for you and your family, your community, and your hard-earned money.
I put my name forward because I have faith and confidence in the future of our community, and pledge to do my best and work with whoever voters choose as their new mayor and council in the best interests of Fort Frances and its residents.