Citizens seek answers from council candidates

To the Editor:

We, the undersigned, thank all those candidates who are willing to run in Thompson’s municipal elections. It will require commitment and great deal of time and effort that should be appreciated by all. We know there will always be issues and problems that will have to be dealt with and resolved with the best interests of the community in mind. It is very important that all eligible residents perform their democratic duty and vote for someone who will serve the public and community well. 

We feel it would be helpful to have an insight into how candidates will solve problems and provide vision and innovative solutions. This is not intended to pick on or slight any individual. 

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We ask all those running for mayor and council to publicly provide answers through the media or on your information material to three important questions below. The topics will cover a lot of ground and will show how each can provide clear, objective, visionary and respectful leadership over the next four years. We feel the answers to these questions will help us determine the intent and capability of each candidate. 

1. As large employers in Thompson are downsizing, and the small business sector has been shrinking, what are your ideas to help Thompson’s economy diversify and grow? 

2. As city revenues will be diminishing with a smaller grant-in-lieu from Vale, what are your ideas for cost-saving measures for the City of Thompson operations and/or new revenues to keep our taxes reasonable and competitive? 

3. What are your ideas to make city council and city management more accountable to the taxpayer in order to better serve and engage residents? 

Arlene Katchmar
Keith MacDonald
Wayne Hall
Volker Beckmann
Nick DiVirgilio
Kara DiVirgilio
Alexa Barker
Monique Brown
Don Johnson
Jagmeet Sandhu
Donna Wilson
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