Council candidate Q&A: Les Ellsworth

How long have you been living in Thompson?

39 years. 1979 in August when I came.

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What do you do for a living?

Prior to my retirement I had served the last term as president of the United Steelworkers Local 6166 and I’m also currently still on the Thompson Co-op board which I’ve served on for 23 years to date.

Why do you want to be on city council?

I love this city. I want to help restore the pride that needs to be restored to the city. We need to encourage business, not turn it away. We also need to expand on the existing business and I’m so proud of what Brett did over at McDonald’s. That gives us pride in the city because he has faith in it and believes in it and so do I and that’s why I want to give back to Thompson on city council.

What is the biggest local issue you want to address if you’re elected?

I would start off with what is more current and that is the crime in our city with the young people. We have to look at how do we deal with the crime, why is it happening, why is on the rise? People need to feel safe going to bed at night knowing that not only are they protected but so are their homes. The other thing is certainly our finances. We pay a lot of taxes in Thompson as far as I’m concerned. We need to find solutions where we generate more income from different revenues other than just the people that live here currently so it becomes viable for people to live here and not wanting to leave after they retire or lose a job. It has to be affordable

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I believe people should be looking at me because I’m a man of integrity and I’m a man that will get the job done. I can work with people. I’m a team player and also I’m a person that listens very carefully to what the constituents have to say.

Anything else you want to add?

We want a council that works for the people. This squabbling has to stop. It’s OK to agree to disagree but it’s got to be for a real reason. We need to have transparency and accountability.

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