With the municipal elections just around the corner, the race is heating up in Broadview.
Campaign signs can be seen strewn about the town, and a few of the candidates have taken the time to let voters know what they're all about. Clayton Rienks is new to the politics game, but he already has a good idea of what he hopes to accomplish, should he be elected.
"I'm running because in the Town of Broadview I find that there's nothing for the children to do. I feel that it's hard for people to want to move to Broadview when there's nothing for their kids to do when they get here. There's no full-service rink, there's no swimming pool."
One idea he has is to establish a fully lit skateboard park in town in hopes of keeping young people busy, even at night.
"The only thing we have in town right now for kids to do is mischief - there's just nothing for them to do."
He hopes that the new candidates will bring some new voters out of the woodworks.
"I would like to see the highest turnout for voting, because Broadview has grown quite a bit with this boom that's happened in south-eastern Saskatchewan. I would like to see the biggest turnout possible for the elections."
Derek Goodbrand is another newcomer, who feels some new blood would be good for the Town of Broadview.
"I think it is time to get some younger views and ideas brought to council. I don't have any plans to change anything yet but we will see - change is good and this will be a learning experience."
Stan Morden has eight years of experience as a councillor in Broadview, and hopes to be re-elected.
Morden is a member of the Broadview Economical Development Committee and Small Business Loans Association. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Broadview Credit Union and serves as a delegate for Credit Union Central.
Morden described exactly what he wants to see if he is elected:
- A new library, whether it be a stand-alone or a multi-purpose building with town office, library and meeting rooms.
- The paving program has to move ahead, as our streets cannot deteriorate any further
- We need to look at some kind of low income housing, such as duplexes or apartments
- To improve our town area and try to bring new business to town
- To try and find something for our young people to do or go to in town
- To get our EMO (Emergency Measures Operation) up and operating
- We need to try and get a better garbage system and recycling.
Also running are Tracey Strochan, Lori Stephan, Esther Bonk, Lawrence Hedman and David Lim, while Carol Mills and Sid Criddle are running for Mayor.
The elections take place on October 28.