Ron W. Brown, an employee at Behlen Industries, will vie for the Richmond ward seat in the Oct. 22 municipal election. (COLIN CORNEAU /BRANDON SUN)
Richmond ward has gone from zero candidates to a two-horse race in less than a week.Ron W. Brown, 64, filed his papers Monday at city hall to seek the Richmond council seat in the Oct. 22 election.
"It’s something I wanted to do about 12 years ago, but I work shift work and wasn’t able to," he said.
"What got me going again on it was ... in (the Brandon Sun), Murray Blight was kind of encouraging people to get out and do it ... I just decided it’s now or never."
Brown was born in Brandon and has lived here his entire life. He has worked at Behlen Industries for roughly 43 years, first as shipping foreman and then in inventory control before his current job in quality control.
Brown said he has given his notice to retire in December, which will free up his time for city council.
"It’ll be a full-time job for council I’m sure," he said.
Brown has been married for 40 years, has three grown children and 10 grandchildren.
While the Browns have lived in various wards over the years, they now live in Richmond ward.
"When we first moved in here (two-and-a-half years ago), we had a lot of problems getting things finished in our area," he said. "I’m real big on playgrounds for kids, getting people out on the bike paths ... basically using what we’ve already got."
Brown has been a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the past, is a former president of Wheat City Lions Club and currently volunteers at the Assiniboine Centre’s Sunday church service. He coached girls’ softball for eight years and boys’ soccer for two years.
He wants to see Richmond ward "vibrant and strong" and would like to get involved with advisory councils made up of constituents.
"Richmond ward is growing and developing fairly rapidly and there will be growing pains that will need to be brought before council," he said.
Last week, Ray Berthelette declared his candidacy in Richmond ward. He is a union representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers. Stephen Montague, current Richmond ward councillor, announced last Friday he will not seek re-election.
Only two other wards officially have more than one candidate so far — South Centre (Kim Longstreet; Lonnie Patterson) and Riverview (Vanessa Hamilton; Tyson Tame).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 13, 2014