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Steven Lipischak running for city council for Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election.
Lipischak, 56, moved to Transcona six years ago after he and his wife Lindsy, a lifelong Transconian, were married. The couple have three children between them.
"This is our second marriage each," Lipischak said. "We got together about 13 years ago and have been inseparable ever since."
A salesman and business manager, Lipischak had been with the Vickar Automotive Group for 13 years before taking a leave to make his run for city council. Before that, he was operations manager for Krevco Pools. A Rotarian and Knight of Columbus, Lipischak is also on the board of the Transcona Museum.
"If you live in a community, you should give back to that community and not just financially, but give sweat equity too," Lipischak said.
I’d love for you to vote for me, but the important thing is to vote, to stand up and be heard.
Although he has extensive experience working with charities in the community, Lipischak admits he is a political novice.
"I’m just a regular guy next door," he said. "I don’t have any political background, but I have a people background, and that’s why I want to help."
Lipischak cited accessibility and open communication as pillars of his campaign. If elected, he said he would work to make council fiscally responsible.
"I’m not against spending money and growth, but I’m about spending the money the right way and doing things properly," he said. "We should do things right the first time rather than doing a job quickly on the cheap, then having to fix it and it costs more money in the long run. That way, we have some sustainability."
If elected, Lipischak would like to see the city spending less money on rapid transit, and focus more on improving current routes.
"Let’s put more buses on the roads, and more on feeder routes to get them to the main drags faster," he said.
Lipischak would also like to see improved recreational opportunities for seniors and youth in Transcona.
"We need to take care of everybody," he said. "We have to look out for each other. We’re a community, let’s act like one."
Regardless of the outcome of the election, Lipischak believes it is important to be involved in your community and the democratic process.
"It’s not only about Transcona, but about guiding the city," he said. "I’d love for you to vote for me, but the important thing is to vote, to stand up and be heard."
Community journalist — The Herald
Sheldon Birnie is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112