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Desjarlais enters heated Rosser race

Rosser ward constituents will now have four candidates to choose from when they cast their vote on Oct. 22.

Kris Desjarlais announced his intention to run for Brandon City Council on Thursday.

Desjarlais is a married father of three, and is active in several local organizations including Healthy Brandon, the Community Advisory Board for Homelessness and the Brandon Community Garden Network.

The three pillars of Desjarlais’ platform are housing, economic development and greenspace initiatives.

His work with the Manitoba Métis Federation has “underscored his passion for improving Brandon’s housing situation,” Desjarlais stated in a press release.

“Leadership on this issue requires that we thoroughly understand the new homelessness partnering strategy adopted by the federal government. We need a solid framework,” he said. “With engagement and investment from all levels of government, involvement of landlords, not-for-profit organizations, clients and the broader community, we have an opportunity to end homelessness as we know it in Brandon.”

Other priorities for Desjarlais include downtown revitalization and establishing an outdoor sports facility near Assiniboine Community College’s North Hill campus.

“We need to move quickly on this development. Over the past few years, school fields have taken a beating and flooding has decimated the Optimist Park,” he said. “Brandon City Council should be ready to move forward with this infrastructure. It is an investment in our children, their families and our community’s wellness.”

Desjarlais joins private contractor Miles Crossman, incumbent Coun. Corey Roberts and former managing editor of the Brandon Sun James O’Connor in the Rosser ward battle.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2014

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Kris Desjarlais announced his intention to run for Brandon City Council on Thursday.

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Kris Desjarlais announced his intention to run for Brandon City Council on Thursday.

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