Réjean Venne running to represent Ward 1 in West Nipissing

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Réjean Venne announced Saturday he will be running to represent Ward 1 in West Nipissing. If elected this fall, he promises to bring “a new voice” to town hall, and “will work with all other councillors.”

“I have been a vocal critic of the current council for its lack of cooperation,” Venne explained in a release. This lack of cooperation “has led to enormous harm and setbacks in the community.” He emphasized that he will “only represent West Nipissing residents,” and will “not represent other councillors and I will nor represent personal interests.”

One of the main issues for Venne is the municipality’s plans for the 100-acre former Weyerhaeuser mill site. Currently, the town is looking into options for this site, and “I believe this site can be a landmark development and really help grow and sustain our community long term.”

Housing within the municipality is also on Venne’s mind— “I know that we don’t have enough apartments and I know the prices are unaffordable for many.”

Born in Sudbury, Venne lived in Ottawa for 10 years before settling in West Nipissing with his family four years ago. He has a background in marketing and finance with a master’s degree in business. He worked in insurance before becoming a self-employed property investor in 2018. Venne is fully bilingual and has held various positions on volunteer boards within the community.

Venne outlined three election promises to the voters of West Nipissing. He will maintain communication with all residents, “take your phone call, answer your question, and offer a justification or rationale for any policy I vote on” at the council table.

“I will listen and work with every member of council” he emphasized, “regardless of personal differences of disagreements,” which is “the only way to move this city forward.” Venne concludes his three promises to voters with “I will represent every constituent.”

For Venne, a councillor must “ensure that the public’s well-being and interest are maintained,” which is accomplished by “respecting all current and future taxpayers.”

For more information and to follow Venne’s campaign, visit his Facebook page at Facebook.com/VoteVenne.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca