Council candidate Q&A: Rita Werstroh

How long have you been living in Thompson?

We moved here Dec. 26, 1971 so it’s going to be 47 years.

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What do you do for a living?

I got to be a postal worker in 1978 and I worked there for 26-and-a-half years. I was strictly front counter at the post office for eight years and so I had lots of opportunity to hear people and they heard me. Work experience goes a long way to help make decisions.

Why do you want to be on council?

Two years ago I became concerned about the seniors of Thompson and what we have here for seniors to keep us here and so I went to some of the council meetings. As I continued to come to council meetings I felt that there were some decisions that were made that I disagreed with. I would like to be on council so that I can help make decisions that are good for the city and good for our taxpayers. I want to have good fiscal policy so we can run this city. I just feel that I can contribute to the city that I loved to be in for all these years.

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

My concern is mostly for where we rate in the crime scene across Canada. I would like to have that addressed. I would like to … build on our tourism, build on our metals and mining industry and help promote and lobby the government for better rail service to Churchill.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I think that having been here for so long, people know me, they know my values. I like to think of myself as an honest person. I would like them to say, “Yeah, she did a good job at the post office. She’s taken care of her own business and maybe she can make a difference.”

Anything else you want to add?

I have been on different committees and boards. I was the president of the Thompson chapter of the kidney foundation. I worked with the Boy Scouts, I helped lead church services at my church and I was on the committee for raising funds for the personal care home so I have been quite active in the community.

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