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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:26

Candidate Jayson Sletten is sold on SC council position

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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Building relationships has always been an important part of Jayson Sletten’s sales career and he hopes it will help him to get elected to council during the Oct. 24 civic elections in Swift Current.

He is one of five first-time candidates who are competing with the six incumbents for support from Swift Current residents during the election period.
“I’ve generated a lot of relationships over the years through personal and business relations,” he said. “I have a lot of contacts and I’ve tried to build a good reputation. I think that will help me move forward if I’m fortunate enough to be elected.”
He is currently a salesperson at L.R. Truck Centre after working for 20 years at the local General Motors dealership. Closing a sales deal often means finding common ground with people, which he has done many times.
“I’m good at finding solutions if there are issues,” he said. “That’s been my strength in sales and I think that strength on council would bode well for dealing with the issues that do come up.”
He grew up in Swift Current and with wife Dianne raised two girls here. He felt the time was right for him to declare his candidacy in this election.
“It’s been of interest to me for a long time,” he said. “My youngest is now in Grade 11 and I’m just finding a little more time in my schedule to be able to pursue this.”
Sletten described himself as a positive person. His candidacy is therefore not a result of concerns over the current council.
“I do believe that fresh eyes and new ideas are a necessity and refreshing,” he said.
He believes Swift Current is a fantastic place to live and to raise a family, but not enough people are aware of it.
“I don’t know if we do a good enough job of portraying that to even the people in Swift Current and certainly the people we’re trying to attract to move to Swift Current,” he noted. “I think we could do a lot better job of that.”
If elected his priority will therefore be to promote the city as a destination of choice for people to live and to do business.
“I think we need to build the business community and part of that is engaging our local businesses as well,” he said.
Sletten felt it is important to find out more about the needs of current businesses in the city and to attract new ones, which will in turn help to create jobs and to attract more people.
He is happy with the progress in recent years to improve the relationship between the City of Swift Current and surrounding municipalities.
“I think it hopefully can continue,” he said. “In the business I’ve been in, the relationships I’ve built have not solely been in Swift Current. It’s certainly been in the southwest area.”
The other first-time candidates for council are Joe Collinson, Pat Friesen, Keleah Ostrander and Ron Toles.
Swift Current residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the 11 candidates during an all-candidates forum next week. The event, which is hosted by the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre Oct. 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and proceedings start at 7 p.m.

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