Council candidate Q&A: Paul Beck

How long have you been living in Thompson?

I’ve been here for 23 years now.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m a [in the hole] driller. I came from Leaf Rapids, which was a mining community that also closed down and I spent nine years there.

Why do you want to be on city council?

I think that we need some change here. I don’t think things are going the right way right now, so I think we need a bit of change up there. I think we have to do something about the vandalism and our taxes, our roads.

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

I think we have to attack all the vandalism … we have to get kids off the streets and stuff like that. Do more for them. I would be [in favour of a curfew]. I know we had a lot of things in the past, there was a lawyer brought in and everything, but I think we still have to look at a curfew because I don’t know if they run all the time and I know that they’re mostly bylaw, but the CSOs need to be running at night. I see them at 6-7:30 p.m. or whatever but I normally don’t see them past that. Between 11 p.m. and seven in the morning is probably the biggest time [for mischief].

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I think they need change and I will speak for the community and do the best I can. I have to have four other people voting with me to get things done. I’ve been with the union for 32 years now, so I would say I’m hoping the union community will back me and I’ve been on various committees. I’m still on the safety committee, I’m on the contracting out committee and I’m the chairman for the National King Miner [contest], which we do every year.

Anything else you want to add?

Everybody should vote and make their voices heard and make the right choices.

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