Local elections coming up

Nominations are open until this Friday at 4 p.m. and forms are available at the District of Houston office.

Houston’s John Siebenga is running for town council this year.

“I have a growing interest in Houston,” he said.

“I really like the community and I want to have a positive impact on this town while I’m here.”

This the first time Siebenga has run for town council, and having lived here for over six years he believes he has something to offer Houston.

“I want to promote it as a place for businesses to thrive, men and women to cherish and enjoy, children to live securely and a place for visitors to come and avail themselves to all the stuff we have here,” he said. “Houston has just got such an incredible amount of stuff for them to do, and I don’t think it’s widely known.”

Asked what will benefit Houston most, Siebenga said business.

“We need to take care of the businesses in this town, I think as a District that should be a primary goal, because [businesses] are the core of who we are.

“How do we go about taking care of them so that it’s a good place for them to be and serve the people?”

He says he also has concerns about infrastructure and roads, but he likes the direction town council is heading with community planning, age-friendly, and the movement to make Houston more friendly for visitors.

Councillor Rick Lundrigan says he is running again for Houston council.

He wasn’t sure at first because of work challenges, but the scope of his work is changing now which will allow him to “put his hat into the ring for a third time.”

“It has been a pleasure to have served Houston for the last six years,” he said.

“It would be an honour to serve for another term should the voters of Houston choose to re-elect me.”

Other Houston councillors Jonathan Van Barneveld and Dawn Potvin are also running again this term.

Michalle Jolly and Kyle Thomson will not run.

Shane Brienen is challenging Bill Holmberg for mayor.

Mayor and council will be elected November 15 for a four year term.

Nominations are open until this Friday at 4 p.m. and forms are available at the District of Houston office.