A new candidate has entered the race to represent Brandon’s Riverview ward.
Local real estate agent Tyson Tame, 41, has stepped forward to challenge Vanessa Hamilton for the seat, which will be vacated by Coun. Len Isleifson this fall.
"I never like to see only one candidate," Tame said. "I think the citizens of Brandon need choices."
Tame is a married father of three, with children aged 15, 18 and 24. He said now is the time to take the leap into municipal politics.
"I feel like I have a ton of time on my hands now. My kids are all very independent and spreading their wings, and I would just like to serve this community that serves me," he said.
Tame grew up in Brandon from the age of six. He went on to attend college in Victoria, B.C., in the late 1990s and has had a long career in sales.
"I’ve been in sales my whole life. From about ’79 to ’83, I had a nearly permanent Kool-Aid stand at the corner of College and 12th Street and graduated into being a Brandon Sun delivery boy," he said with a laugh.
He went on to sell electronics, automobiles and safety equipment in the oil field, among other items. He said a strength for the Riverview ward would be his ability to negotiate and communicate very clearly with people.
Tame lived in Grand Prairie, Alta., from 2002-2011, before moving back to Brandon. He is now in his third year working as a real estate agent with Royal LePage.
"I keep coming back, it’s just beautiful," he said. "I want my kids to have a home base. This is where all of my family lives — parents, my wife’s parents, our nephews and nieces. We just want to be around our family."
As for changes Tame would like to see at Brandon City Hall, he said formulating a strategy to tackle high taxes and wages would be first on his to-do list.
"It’s definitely a major concern for ... it seems like all Brandonites, so I think we need to work together and figure out some solutions," he said.
Another topic that Tame says is close to his heart is affordable housing.
"I do think it’s really more of a provincial and federal portfolio, but that we can work together on municipal strategies," he said. "For example, allowing secondary suites in existing homes could certainly help with our vacancy rate and affordable housing."
Tame said he is not a member of any political party; however, he said he is "not a man of the left."
"My goal is to keep party politics out of the municipal election, of course, for the better of Brandonites. I think that can convolute things."
Tame recently lived in Riverview ward for two years, and he still owns property there. He currently lives in South Centre ward.
"I believe that the Riverview ward has an excellent sense of community ... a great community centre and I would just like to be a part of serving that constituency."
Also vying for the seat is Vanessa Hamilton, a healthy living facilitator with Prairie Mountain Health.
A familiar face in municipal elections, she was a candidate in the 2013 Meadows byelection, but lost to Coun. John LoRegio. Prior to that she ran unsuccessfully for a spot on the Brandon school board in 2010.
Iseifson said he will not seek re-election as Riverview councillor, as he plans to seek the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in Brandon East.
Brandon’s municipal election will be held Oct. 22.
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