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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Latter-day Saint Runs For Lethbridge Canada City Council

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Kim Siever, a member of the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake, has announced his intention to run for one of the eight alderman seats in the 15 October 2001 municipal election. Siever had been contemplating running for council for over a year as he saw what seemed to be a city council unwilling to listen to its citizens. Convinced some citizens are unhappy with the decisions the current mayor and aldermen have made regarding recent issues, Siever feels he can offer a much-needed voice for the people.

Currently the president of the Southern Alberta New Media Association and formerly the Acting Chair of the Lethbridge Small Business Association, Siever is aware of the importance which must be made of economic development in the city.

"Up until recently," Siever said, "the city has been concerned with attracting as much retail business as it possibly can. We're at a crossroads of sorts where Lethbridge is trying to hold on to its agricultural heritage, but at the same time trying to become recognised as a player in the world market. Until we can recognise the role the high-tech and service industries can play in accomplishing this latter goal, we aren't going to be able to reach it."

He goes on to say that the Multimedia Production programme at the Lethbridge Community College is one of the best of its kind in Canada. "Since the programme's inception four years ago, the college has sent out roughly 100 multimedia graduates. But the industry here is minimal and just can't support that kind of traffic, so they end up going to Calgary, or Vancouver, or Toronto, or the States. There are only a handful of those graduates left here in the city, and the majority of them are at the university or the college."

In addition to a more emphasised focus on economic development, Siever is also concerned with many of the local social issues. Public transit, relocation of downtown homeless shelters, privatisation of city services, downtown strip clubs, and other such issues, in his opinion, all could have handled differently.

Siever doesn't want voters to think of him as a candidate for city council, but as a candidate for their representative.

[Mormon News Note: Siever is also the owner of the LDS Canada website, where this news story originates. - Ed.]


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