Slate of can­di­dates set for city coun­cil by-elec­tion

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Moose Jaw Ex­press Doug Blanc

A to­tal of four can­di­dates will be vy­ing for a spot on Moose Jaw city coun­cil in the com­ing by­elec­tion to re­place re­tired coun­cil­lor Don Mitchell.

Mike Bachiu, Doug Blanc, Heather Eby and Steven J. White will look to take over the po­si­tion when the elec­tion takes place on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17.

Bachiu is a life­long Moose Jaw res­i­dent who has worked the past 15 years in se­nior man­age­ment with Moose Jaw Fam­i­lies for Change, while also vol­un­teer­ing on the city’s spe­cial needs ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee and South Hill Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. He feels his ex­pe­ri­ence ad­vo­cat­ing for peo­ple of var­i­ous abil­i­ties and in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity makes him the can­di­date most suit­able to pro­pel the changes to cre­ate a more co­he­sive and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity for fam­i­lies, se­nior cit­i­zens, youth, and busi­nesses. Blanc is a re­tired former pro­vin­cial gov- ern­ment em­ployee, hav­ing worked for the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for 28 years while serv­ing as the vice-pres­i­dent of SGEU for 10 years and pres­i­dent for four years. Blanc feels his ca­reer pro­vided him with the abil­ity to deal with bud­gets, time con­straints and a large va­ri­ety of is­sues and peo­ple while deal­ing with com­plex is­sues and find­ing the best res­o­lu­tion. With coun­cil, his fo­cus would be bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with cit­i­zens, bet­ter plan­ning of projects to all eas­ier ac­cess through the city and a con­stant eye to­ward the fu­ture while deal with to­day’s needs.

Eby brings a wealth of prior coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence too, hav­ing pre­vi­ously served two terms as a Moose Jaw city coun­cil. In her time with coun­cil, Eby served on the Board of Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers, the DFFH Board, the Mu­rals Board, Parks and Rec Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Waka- mow Val­ley Board. Eby – a self-em­ployed reg­is­tered mas­sage ther­a­pist for the past 25 years – looks to bring her knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of Coun­cil pro­cesses, pro­ce­dures and poli­cies into play are re­turn to play­ing a part in shap­ing Moose Jaw’s fu­ture.

White has al­ways been im­pressed with the city of Moose Jaw, with the com­fort and se­cu­rity, warm and invit­ing peo­ple liv­ing up to the name Friendly City. He feels the

Steven J. White

city has not been as friendly to its cit­i­zens as they have been to each other: not tak­ing care of in­fras­truc­ture, dis­cour­ag­ing new busi­nesses or dis­count­ing the wants and needs of its cit­i­zens. White feels the need to bring vi­brance and swag­ger back to the peo­ple of Moose Jaw and peo­ple are needed to serve the cit­i­zens of Moose Jaw. For more in­for­ma­tion on the 2018 civic by­elec­tion, check out moose­jaw.ca/elec­tion/ by-elec­tion2018

Heather Eby

Mike Bachiu

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