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Chris Davis wants to be the first city councillor in the newly-redefined St. Norbert-Seine River ward.
The St. Norbert resident — who has three children with his wife, Tina — has lived in St. Norbert for the last 16 years.
"I’ve always loved the area, it has lots to offer, and it’s a quiet neighbourhood that’s still close to so many things," Davis, 37, said.
"It’s outside the perimeter, but at the same time we have so many amenities a short drive away. In some ways, St. Nobert is much like a small town, which keeps me grounded. There are also lots of shops nearby, and buses, schools, and greenspace, and we have a farmers’ market with fresh vegetables and healthy options grown here locally in Manitoba. You also have one downtown area, and a heritage park."
"And when you look at the whole ward, it kind of represents the whole city, as there are many different cultures, rich and poor people, university students, and lots of new Canadians. We have a good city with lots of great history and lots of things to do. I want to be part of making our home an amazing place to live and a beautiful city to come and visit.
Davis, a courier driver, said he is running for political office because he feels it’s time to give back to the community that he loves after being involved with many volunteer and coaching activities through the years, including sitting on various committees. He is also enjoying the challenge of running against four other candidates in a ward with newly-defined boundaries where there is no incumbent.
"We have five great candidates, and it’s a strong race and a tough race. I also think it’s important that we try and get young voters out, as they are the future of our city, and we think differently from our parents," Davis said, stressing his desire to be a councillor that demonstrates "full transparency" and "who listens and acts on what the voters want."
On a local level, Davis said some his priorities for the ward include prioritizing which roads need repairs, snow removal improvements in certain areas, and safer school zones.
"I’m told there are several streets in River Park South, in areas where residents pay high taxes, where the snow only gets removed once or a few times a year," he said.
"And in terms of school zones, we still need to get people in the habit of slowing down."
Go online at www.chrisdavissnsr.com for more information.
The Lance community journalist
Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.