Onichuk to run for mayor

With word yesterday that Mayor Glenn Witherspoon will not seek a fifth term in November, Dan Onichuk stepped forward this morning to enter the race to replace him.
“I’ve been thinking about it for some time. I had a long, long discussion with my better half, Denise, and decided to go for it,” Onichuk said this morning.
Onichuk noted he’s also had discussions with Mayor Witherspoon prior to, and then after, his statement of declination yesterday, before making this morning’s announcement.
Born and raised in Fort Frances, Onichuk spent many years working for Canada Safeway, eventually moving into an executive position with the United Food and Commercial Workers—one of the largest union’s in Canada—for 10 years.
While he spent a brief period of time working in southern Ontario, Onichuk felt his heart lay in Fort Frances and moved back here two years ago.
He then worked as a consultant and also did some instructing at Confederation College. He currently works for Lovisa Construction.
He said his tenure as an executive with the UFCW has given him valuable experience as a mayoral candidate.
“I’m used to the heat, used to media,” he smiled. “I’ll get a cell phone and turn my palm pilot on and get back into it all.
“I like this town, but there’s a lot that we need to do. And I think it’s time for a change,” remarked Onichuk. “I’m looking forward to [running for mayor].
“I’ve already put together a campaign committee,” he added. “We’ll be laying the platform throughout the summer. September’s going to come real quick.”^As of press time today, no one else had formally indicated a desire to run for mayor in November.