Coun­cil can­di­dates

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The Ad­ver­tiser asked can­di­dates for Grand Falls-Wind­sor coun­cil to pro­vide their plat­forms for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

The fol­low­ing is their views, in their own words.

Karen An­drews

I have a shared vi­sion for our town and it be­gins with a lead­er­ship that tran­scends pos­i­tive change.

A lead­er­ship that will in­crease com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and eco­nomic growth, sup­port funded com­mu­nity projects, in­crease sus­tain­abil­ity and tourism and de­liver ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

We need to find new ways for Grand Falls-Wind­sor res­i­dents to get in­volved in de­ci­sions that af­fect our town, a place to share their thoughts on projects like in­creas­ing busi­nesses, the de­vel­op­ment of the mill lo­ca­tion, the ex­pan­sion of Gorge Park and Sanger Memo­rial RV Park, and the up­keep and use of the Grand Falls House.

More­over, we need to have trans­par­ent lead­er­ship that will show­case ideas, de­ci­sions and up­dates on cur­rent and fu­ture projects.

We need to work with or­ga­ni­za­tions on build­ing a sus­tain­able solution for fund­ing, to se­cure fund­ing that will em­ploy and en­cour­age youth and stu­dents to work on com­mu­nity projects.

We need to make sure we see com­mu­nity projects through so we can find in­vestors, stake­hold­ers and gov­ern­ment fund­ing that will bring em­ploy­ment to our town and de­velop so­cial en­ter­prise busi­nesses.

(We need) to ex­pand health ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion by host­ing con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars and work­shops so we can build part­ner­ships with other lead­ers and cre­ate new ser­vices and pro­grams for youth, se­niors, care­givers and fam­i­lies.

In or­der to move to­ward a town to be mod­eled af­ter and that res­i­dents are seen as do­ers, we need coun­cil­lors that are go­ing to be not just part of com­mu­nity but that prac­tice an au­then­tic lead­er­ship that will bring in­sight, in­tu­ition and in­flu­ence.

To learn more about Karen An­drews’s au­then­tic lead­er­ship you can visit her web­site at www.elec­tkare­nan­drews. com

Rod Ben­nett

Rod “Blackie” Ben­nett’s plat­form for his cam­paign for coun­cil­lor in the 2017 Grand Falls-Wind­sor mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion is based around five key el­e­ments that re­flect his cam­paign slo­gan, “Your Voice is My Voice.”

Ben­nett will use this plat­form to work with cit­i­zens and pub­lic ser­vants of the Town of Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

First key point to Ben­nett’s cam­paign plat­form is be­ing a new, strong voice to rep­re­sent the needs and con­cerns of the cit­i­zens of Grand Falls-Wind­sor. As a life­long res­i­dent of Grand Falls-Wind­sor, Ben­nett knows ex­actly what is im­por­tant to the cit­i­zens of Grand Falls-Wind­sor, and more im­por­tantly, will be there to lis­ten to ev­ery and all con­cerns from the great cit­i­zens of Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

The sec­ond point is to work in uni­son with each coun­cil mem­ber, as well as each pub­lic ser­vant to the town to have a more di­verse and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity for ev­ery­one.

Thirdly, is to scru­ti­nize dis­cre­tionary spend­ing while si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­ing fis­cally re­spon­si­ble with our money.

The last two points in­clude his de­sire to grow the com­mu­nity and bring all the cit­i­zens of our great com­mu­nity to­gether.

The fourth point is to pro­mote lo­cal events and pro­grams to en­hance the in­volve­ment of the youth and se­niors of Grand Falls-Wind­sor. Pro­mo­tion of these events boosts com­mu­nity pride and brings new vis­i­tors in that helps boost the econ­omy of the town.

Lastly, Ben­nett wishes to work with lo­cal busi­nesses to fo­cus on the growth and pros­per­ity of these busi­nesses by pro­mot­ing lo­cal shop­ping and the growth of our lo­cal econ­omy.

A fo­cus on the wants and needs of the great cit­i­zens of our amaz­ing town is the ba­sis of Rod “Blackie” Ben­nett’s cam­paign plat­form. This cou­pled with be­ing fis­cally re­spon­si­ble when it comes to spend­ing our money and how our money is spent is the best op­tion for ev­ery­one.

Fo­cus­ing on the growth of our com­mu­nity, boost­ing com­mu­nity pride and morale is what the town needs to help boost the lo­cal econ­omy. “Your Voice is My Voice.”

Mike Browne

On Sept. 26, the peo­ple of Grand Falls-Wind­sor will elect a new town coun­cil. I am pleased to of­fer my­self for re­elec­tion to con­tinue my ser­vice to you, our res­i­dents.

As one of the mem­bers of coun­cil, I will work dili­gently to en­sure your tax base is fair and af­ford­able and your tax dol­lars are wisely spent on re­li­able mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments that make our com­mu­nity great and why we are all proud to call it home.

I have a great con­cern for our health care ser­vices and specif­i­cally, long-term care. Our se­niors should not be forced to re-lo­cate to other com­mu­ni­ties due to lack of Level 3 health­care beds.

We must find so­lu­tions and I am pre­pared to work with coun­cil, the health care com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment to that end. We owe that much to our se­niors.

I am also com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to main­tain healthy life­styles. These in­clude pro­vid­ing qual­ity recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams, sup­port­ing an ac­tive arts com­mu­nity, and rec­og­niz­ing our di­verse and rich his­tory, all of which play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing our town as an ap­peal­ing place to live. I com­mit to work­ing with coun­cil, vol­un­teer groups and neigh­bour­hood as­so­ci­a­tions in this re­gard.

Crit­i­cal to sup­port­ing all of the above is en­sur­ing we main­tain a healthy busi­ness cli­mate that pro­motes new eco­nomic and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. I com­mit to work­ing with coun­cil, our mem­bers in the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments and the busi­ness com­mu­nity to that end.

I re­spect­fully ask for your vote on Sept. 26 so I can work on your be­half to im­prove the qual­ity of life for all. Amy Coady-Davis

Amy Coady-Davis

As a coun­cil­lor since 2009, I have been vis­i­ble, ac­tive and com­mit­ted to you, the res­i­dents of Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

I have worked to en­hance our com­mu­nity’ pro­grams and ser­vices for all res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. I have sup­ported the gym­nas­tics pro­gram, Con­certs in the Park, se­niors fair, splash pad, and Main Street and Suther­land Drive play­ground up­grades.

Grand Falls-Wind­sor con­tin­ues to be a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in health care and the ad­di­tion of the ge­nomics project has opened the eyes of ma­jor com­pa­nies, re­searchers and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties to Grand Falls-Wind­sor. Our abil­ity to form re­la­tion­ships, build part­ner­ships and avail of fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties is what makes Grand Fall­sWind­sor work and pros­per.

We are mov­ing in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion and there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties left to ex­plore and take ad­van­tage of to en­sure Grand Falls-Wind­sor re­mains the hub of cen­tral New­found­land.

My pri­or­i­ties for this term in­clude se­niors care/longterm care, the avail­abil­ity of our hy­dro re­source on the Ex­ploits River, the mill prop­erty and Grand Falls House, cen­tral New­found­land waste man­age­ment fees, as well as the pro­mo­tion of Main Street and High Street for en­hanced busi­ness at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion.

I will con­tinue to en­sure town spend­ing and bor­row­ing re­mains at a rea­son­able Jim Court­ney

level and the town’s fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions run ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively while main­tain­ing the ser­vices our res­i­dents ex­pect and en­joy.

I am com­mit­ted to Grand Falls-Wind­sor and to you, the res­i­dents. I ask, humbly, for your con­tin­ued sup­port to serve as your Coun­cil­lor in Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

QQJim Court­ney

On Sept. 26, cit­i­zens of this town will be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to elect a coun­cil com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives who have the lead­er­ship skills nec­es­sary to nav­i­gate us through chal­leng­ing eco­nomic times, mak­ing im­por­tant de­ci­sions that will se­cure a fu­ture that will bring pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren for decades to come.

In or­der to achieve this, we need to have a coun­cil that is open to ideas, re­cep­tive to work­ing to­gether and keep­ing the tax pay­ers in­ter­est at heart. I feel that the ex­pe­ri­ence I had gained dur­ing my 12 years’ ten­ure on coun­cil, cou­pled with my pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ence, will en­able me to work for you, rep­re­sent­ing your ideas and in­ter­ests.

My vi­sion is for in­clu­sion of young and old, men and women, and in­ter­est groups whose ob­jec­tives are to fur­ther our town.

My plan is to: iden­tify sav­ings con­trol spend­ing pro­vide recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for all age groups

en­sure a fair and eq­ui­table hir­ing process have a sound fis­cal plan

pro­vide good qual­ity ser­vices to our cit­i­zens such as safe drink­ing wa­ter, snow clear­ing, fire and emer­gency pro­tec­tion, pub­lic works, waste man­age­ment, and, ex­pand­ing our busi­ness com­mu­nity.

It is im­per­a­tive that we have a strate­gic plan to guide us for the next 20 years. Our de­mo­graph­ics are chang­ing and so too are our needs. Spend­ing with­out con­sid­er­a­tion of these fac­tors can lead to a fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter. Ex­pan­sion has to be con­trolled, bud­geted and sus­tain­able.

If we fail to fac­tor these is­sues in, we will place un­due hard­ships on our cit­i­zens, re­sult­ing in tax in­creases. This is a pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity that all coun­cil­lors must be cog­nizant of.

This elec­tion needs to be won on sound plan­ning and good fis­cal man­age­ment, re­flect­ing the ideas put forth by our cit­i­zens.

Dur­ing the past month, cit­i­zens have en­gaged us, shar­ing their thoughts and ideas, which we must take se­ri­ously. I will be your ad­vo­cate on coun­cil, en­gag­ing in mean­ing­ful de­lib­er­a­tions, united in our dif­fer­ences, pro­mot­ing it as a strength rather than a weak­ness.

We must take into con­sid­er­a­tion that the foun­da­tion of our democ­racy is to en­sure very voice is heard and the ul­ti­mate choice lies in each voter’s hands. The Town of Grand Falls-Wind­sor con­tin­ues to be built by lo­cal and com­mu­nity vi­sion­ar­ies, who are com­ing to­gether with ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to make this town a bet­ter place to live in.

De­ci­sions of coun­cil need to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the daily lives of the res­i­dents. We need to make cer­tain we elect a coun­cil that in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are pas­sion­ate about all neigh­bor­hoods within our com­mu­nity.

That’s the Grand Fall­sWind­sor I be­lieve in; that’s the Grand Falls-Wind­sor I know we are ca­pa­ble of; and that is why I am run­ning for coun­cil­lor in the Town of Grand Falls-Win­sor. Shawn Feener

QQQQQQQQQShawn Feener

Our re­gion is sit­ting on so many ar­eas of un­tapped eco­nomic growth, but if elected to coun­cil, some of my ar­eas of fo­cus would be:

Of­fer in­cen­tives to large re­tail agen­cies to make our town more at­trac­tive.

In­ject some much-needed re­sources into the Main Street area to make it a vi­able op­tion for new busi­ness.

Work with ex­ist­ing busi­ness own­ers to stim­u­late their growth and re-es­tab­lish our­selves as be­ing the hub of cen­tral.

Start a dis­cus­sion around get­ting rid of the wall on the TCH; this would open the door for a tourist chalet, gas sta­tions, restau­rants etc.

Max­i­mize the tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties the re­moval of the mill prop­erty has opened up, such as a sea­sonal in­for­ma­tion cen­ter, RV park­ing, shut­tle busses to the sal­mon lad­der.

Bet­ter uti­lize our tim­ber re­sources. We could eas­ily be pro­duc­ing our own re­sources for mar­ket, us­ing lo­cal con­trac­tors and cre­at­ing hun­dreds of spin-off jobs in our re­gion. Seventy per cent of the wood in our re­gion goes to other com­mu­ni­ties for pro­cess­ing. This could be a ma­jor in­come gen­er­a­tor for our own com­mu­nity if man­aged prop­erly.

Sup­port her­itage preser­va­tion in our town and pro­vide feed­back to res­i­dents on progress of the GFW house.

Keep res­i­dents in­formed about de­ci­sions made in coun­cil cham­bers and seek out feed­back from those di­rectly af­fected by those de­ci­sions. Con­tinue ap­ply­ing pres­sure on the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for in­creased long-term care fa­cil­i­ties in the area and is­sues re­lat­ing to our se­niors.

We have over­come a lot of chal­lenges in the past few years, but we need to be ag­gres­sive in uti­liz­ing what we have on our doorstep to keep us mov­ing for­ward.

With your sup­port, I know I can be a strong voice and make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion on all of these is­sues.

Dar­ren Finn

My cam­paign for coun­cil rec­og­nizes our com­mu­nity has sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for

Karen An­drews

Rod Ben­nett

Mike Browne

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