Thursday, 25 January 2018 05:23

Two high-profile community members running for Swift Current NDP

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Shaun Hanna and Stefan Rumpel are both vying to become the New Democratic Party candidate in the as-of-yet unannounced Swift Current byelection.

Both are presenting their visions for improving our community to NDP members this week in the hopes of receiving their support before NDP members vote at the nomination meeting this Sunday, Jan. 28 beginning at 12:30 at the Modern Family Restaurant banquet room. 
This contested nomination speaks to the energy surrounding the party and community. “This is an exciting time to be a New Democrat in Swift Current,” Bob Hale, Constituency President is quoted as saying, before adding, “Since the last provincial election the mood is changing and people are looking for a better alternative to the current government.” 
• Shaun Hanna was born and raised in Swift Current, receiving several degrees from the University of Calgary and has had his writing published in a wide variety of publications. Currently, he is a local manager, Swift Current Business Excellence Award-winning entrepreneur, director on the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce, was involved with and served as interim president of Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc. (better known as Dorie’s House), and is a founding member of Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. Shaun continues to live in Swift Current with his dog, Astro, and believes firmly that whatever is good for the community, is good for business.
• Stefan Rumpel is a self-described “local boy,” loving father and husband of two. With several degrees from the University of Lethbridge, and eight years teaching experience at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Rumpel has worked with over 1,500 students in his career and runs an award-winning drama program. Owner of Swift Current Improvisational Theatre (SCIT), Rumpel is heavily involved in the community, notably as star and co-director of the hit musical “The Cypress Hills Would Never Be The Same,” but also as an organizer and volunteer with The Lyric Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Festival, and the Swift Current Centennial Extravaganza. 
The local constituency has seen a surge of memberships and interest following the announcement of Brad Wall’s resignation in August of 2017 and the selection of a new premier later this month.
The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party takes seriously the impact of the recent cuts, including the challenges faced by the Chinook School Division, and is offering residents of Swift Current a chance to send a message by electing an NDP MLA during the next byelection.

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