A lifelong Brandonite has put his name forward for the city’s Rosser ward council seat.
Miles S. Crossman announced on Thursday he intends to run for city council in the October municipal election.
"I’m focused on making the neighbourhood better," he said. "I’d like to focus on people feeling safer in the community, general beautification … and more affordable housing."
Crossman is a married father of three children and works as a private contractor for small home renovations and painting.
He grew up in the Rosser ward and continues to reside there.
"I feel like I can make the place better," he said. "I’ve seen how it was when I was a young child, and now I see as my kids are growing up in the neighbourhood, I think they should be just as free as I was to walk to Hurl’s (Food Mart) to get some milk."
Crossman says people don’t feel as safe as they used to in downtown Brandon, and it’s not as clean as it could be.
During the upcoming campaign period, Crossman plans to go door-to-door to meet residents and hear what their ward concerns are.
"Try and find out what the real priorities are for the people within our area," he said.
Crossman, who is a member of the Liberal party, said his experience in developing and renovating homes will lend itself well for potential affordable housing programs.
He will be challenging Coun. Corey Roberts, who confirmed yesterday he will be seeking re-election.
Meanwhile, two people have declared they will seek the vacant South Centre ward seat — Lonnie Patterson, former policy and issue manager with the Province of Manitoba; and Kim Longstreet, interim executive director of Family Visions.
Barry Cullen, owner of Keywest Photo on Rosser Avenue, announced early this year that he will run for the Victoria ward seat, which will be vacated after current Coun. Murray Blight retires.
Vanessa Hamilton, healthy living facilitator with Prairie Mountain Health, will seek the Riverview ward seat, which will be vacated by Coun. Len Isleifson, who plans to vie provincially for Brandon East MLA.
The registration period for councillor candidates officially begins on June 30.
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