Candidate; Michael Wirischagin, city council

Michael Wirischagin is vying for a seat on Grand Forks city council

Michael Wirischagin is vying for a seat on Grand Forks city council

I am Grand Forks born and raised with my family spanning four generations in this community. I am seeking a third term on council as I have a vested interest in Grand Forks—this is where my family lives, this is where I am raising my family.

My background is in city planning, attending University of British Columbia; I also have a two-year certificate in local government financial administration from Dalhousie University as well as a five-year national advanced certificate in local government administration from Dalhousie. I have sat and currently sit on various boards, currently being the vice-president of the Grand Forks and District Recreation Commission, head coach of GFSS’s senior boys basketball team; past-president of the Border Bruins; and former director of marketing and promotions for the Grand Forks International (GFI), amongst others. I am a small business owner, owning/operating MKWW Enterprises, Ltd.

In my opinion the top three challenges facing the city over the next four years are (in no particular order): 1.) Closing the infrastructure gap, 2.) Improving efficiency and effectiveness of our local municipal system of taxation, and 3.) Business attraction/retention.

To accomplish these goals I will remain focused on maintaining our standing as the model community in terms of assets management, positioning itself leaps and bounds ahead of other communities so that when infrastructure funding becomes available, Grand Forks will be first in line and we can work on closing the infrastructure gap.

I am familiar with issues of concern for Grand Forks. I live within the city limits—any decision I make directly affects me. I am familiar with the Local Government Act, the Community Charter, but more than anything I have a vested interest in seeing Grand Forks prosper.

We need to make Grand Forks affordable, efficient and effective—it starts from the top down with a strong council. That’s why I ask for your vote in the upcoming election.

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