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Downtown, housing issues top priority for Edmunds

And then there were three.

Business owner T. Keith Edmunds announced his intentions to run for councillor in the Rosser ward on Saturday, joining Corey Roberts and Darlene Paquette in the race to replace outgoing Coun. Vince Barletta.

The owner of Pennywise Books, who holds a masters degree in rural development from Brandon University, says his interest and involvement in Brandon's downtown area led to his decision to run.

"I've been on committees for a number of years, including the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and Renaissance Brandon, and I think getting on council is just one more way that I can help improve the area," Edmunds said.

"I am a big downtown booster. I think it's a great place to live. It's the place for independent businesses to be. It's central to everything."

Edmunds is quick to point out that his interests in the ward extend past the commercial area of downtown.

"When people think Rosser ward, this is what they think. They think Rosser between 13th Street and Fifth Street. But that's not Rosser ward, that's Rosser Avenue," Edmunds says.

"There are all sorts of things happening in the ward. So to just, say, revitalize downtown does a disservice to the people on 16th Street that are more worried about safety or the people on Third Street who are more concerned about their sidewalks and roads. There are a lot of concerns in the ward, and they all need to be addressed."

Edmunds says downtown revitalization and housing issues will be key during his campaign, but his focus will depend on what he learns from talking to people in the ward.

"I have my ideas, yes, but there are people that live here and work here and shop here -- it's their ideas and their concerns that need to be addressed."

One thing Edmunds would like to see is better co-operation between downtown development initiatives.

"There are a number of groups working downtown like Renaissance Brandon, the BNRC and The Town Centre Merchant's Association that's in formation. What I'd like to see is more co-ordination between the groups. It's starting to happen, but I'd like to see more co-operation between the different agencies. As councillor, I would encourage and facilitate that."

Roberts, owner of Clancy's Eatery and Drinkery, announced his candidacy in early May. Paquette, who is president of the Brandon Friendship Centre board of directors and serves on the Manitoba Métis Federation Southwest Region's local area management board, announced her intentions to run in mid-April, one day after Barletta announced he would not be seeking another term.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 27, 2010 A3

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These are TOP ISSUES for many of us, who are running.

Just remember that the Promenade Project was TURNED DOWN, denied and this project offered us that MUCH NEEDED Affordable Housing, which it promised.

We SHOULD HAVE a Forks-like atmosphere in our downtown, with MANY MORE outdoor tables and chairs, an open market, music, entertainment, crafts, etc.

This should run from the spring to the fall, EVERY year.

We should be proposing GRANNY SUITES within Brandon and Westman to TAKE CARE of our aging population.

We need the WALK and ACTION now, within ALL areas of City Hall.

We can change EVERYTHING about our FUTURE within this next election.

Yes, the lack of affordable housing has been an issue within this city for a number of years.

We ALL need to address and tackle this housing shortage and crisis within this city.

The Promenade Project OFFERED more Affordable Housing to the residents of Brandon but it was TURNED DOWN, if you will recall.

There appears to be such a level of DENIAL within Brandon regarding ALL issues until they reach the CRISIS STAGE.

Our lack of housing within Brandon has reached the CRISIS STAGE within our city, a number of years ago already.

Deny, deny, deny.

We appear to be REALLY good at that within this city.

Perhaps Mr. Edmunds has a creative solution to our housing crisis within Brandon.

IF you care about your city and where we are going, you will allow your name to stand in this municipal election.

We simply CANNOT continue to keep our heads in the sand within this city any longer.

There are just TOO MANY PRESSING ISSUES that need to be addressed within our city.

The lack of housing and the downtown are just two of the MANY issues that REALLY need to be tackled during this municipal election.

Bravo Mr. Edmunds for caring enough about your city to let your name stand.

Bravo!

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