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CANDIDATE: Zak Eburne-Stoodley (GF -- Council)
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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for
I am a life-long resident. Grand Forks is a gem among communities and I couldn’t picture living anywhere else. I will work hard for this community and make sure the community gets their voice heard.
What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?
This will be my third time running. I have worked in group settings many times, I am easy to get along with and am a active volunteer contributing to many of the events in the community, In fact I can’t think of a local group or organisation I haven’t helped with! Last year I had the honour of working with the community coordinator of Christina Lake to help local small business get “on line” and develop a web site for the area.
I have also taken courses on business management, General Insurance and Marketing.
What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term?
- Our aging infrastructure
- Domesticated deer
The depleting business community
How do you plan on addressing these challenges?
With each of these there are many possible options and each one will require a lot of forward thinking and setting up long term plans.
Infrastructure: Look into grants and programs from other levels of government as well as continue to expand on the city’s current asset management plans.
Deer: I would like to look into ways of detouring the deer from city limits. I feel cull is just a temporary solution and a last resort.
Depleting business community: Other communities have encouraged co-ops, for example if a long-time business owner decides to retire and if they have trouble finding a buyer for that business, instead of closing their doors citizens of the community could step in and turn that business in to a cooperatively owned venture. This way there would be jobs created and maintained and the community would sill benefit from that business’s services. Think of it like the Phoenix Foundation but for buying businesses.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
What is the one thing that makes you stand out as a candidate? OR What is the one thing you want people to know about you?
I am in it for the long haul! Yes the water meters are the elephant in the room this election but there are many other issues, and I will be there to deal with the existing issues as well as the others that will come council’s way.
I would like to work towards a happy resolution in regards to the water meters, keeping in mind realistic solutions.
Please remember to VOTE NOVEMBER 15th!
Feel free to contact me any time with your questions, comments or concerns
Zak Eburne-Stoodley is running for Grand Forks city council.