BYELECTION 2016: Kyle PIper

Kyle Piper is a candidate in the City of Grand Forks 2016 byelection.

Kyle Piper

I’m Kyle Piper, and I love Grand Forks! This is where I chose to call home for my family and I am willing to do whatever it takes to serve the community to the best of my ability.

I had taken interest in municipal politics at a young age and see this as my passion. I am a team player, a fresh young face with new ideas and I believe with your vote I can work with council to move our town forward.

If I am elected I plan to help tackle several issues. I would like to see the younger generations able to stay here with not only more choice in entry level employment, but I would advocate for more events.

I would like all our children to have the choice of staying or going. At this point I feel we are forcing them out. We WILL need someone to take care of us when we get older. I have a young family, and truly understand this dilemma. Not only will job creation keep people here, it will also attract people. Now is the time to start attracting more business.

I believe I can help eliminate tension on council by working as a teammate even when I don’t make the same decisions as some of the others. This has left the citizens to question the current council, and we need someone who is willing to work with them—regardless of the decisions they’ve made in the past.

Council needs a positive character in a council seat, and with my career as a courier I will bring more interaction with the public, and allow me to answer the questions face to face that would usually go unanswered.

There has always been a lack of interaction and consultation. I will work to the best of my ability to bridge that gap.

Parking seems to be a key issue when I speak to downtown business owners. This is one of the few things we need to regulate to keep the stores we have left downtown to stay. At this point some store owners are unhappy with parking being unregulated and business employees take the best parking available for their customers, making their business less accessible. Particularly in the high season, so we must act fast.

Parking is also a key point anyone will look at when opening downtown, and we definitely need to do something to encourage filling our empty storefronts.

I look forward to serving the citizens of Grand Forks. If elected I will be asked of a lot, which I will fulfill to the best of my ability. The only thing I ask is that everyone get out and vote on May 28.

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