Brandon East


The Free Press invited all provincial candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, the issues affecting their communities, and what they hope to achieve in office.

Ten questions on the issues: Find out how your opinions compare with the candidates hoping to become your next MLA.

The candidates, as people: Would-be MLAs introduce themselves to you and describe their backgrounds, what made them decide to run for office, and how they hope to solve the problems facing your community.


Len Isleifson, Progressive Conservative, Brandon East

I have had the privilege to call Brandon East home for 57 years. I grew up here, attended school here, met my wife Chris here, spent my career here and raised our wonderful kids Andy and Natasha right here in Brandon East. I was fortunate to be elected to city council in 2010 and was soon after appointed deputy mayor. After serving my full term as the councilor for the Riverview Ward I ran to be the MLA and im happy to say have had the upmost privilege working with our residents for the last ...

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Lonnie Patterson, New Democratic Party, Brandon East

Growing up in the community of Wawanesa (just south-east of Brandon) has made me thankful for the value of contributing to my community. Watching my mom struggle to make ends meet as a hard-working Health Care Aid—because the then PC government had rolled-back and frozen her wage —taught me that government decisions have a direct impact on families. I have always been interested in and passionate about creating positive social change, as well as how to use research to inform decisions to support...

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Kim Longstreet, Liberal, Brandon East

I've lived in Brandon for 39 of my 51 years. I have a 31 year old son, born and raised in Brandon. I'm an avid volunteer in my community and am a founding member of the Brandon Bear Clan Patrol in 2017. Recently I received the "Community Builder" award from my peers. The work I do for the addiction crisis facing our province has earned me the title of "addiction advocate"; "community advocate" I am a doer. When I take on a task I see it through to the end.

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