Former principal Ruttan turns to politics

Mike Ruttan has gone from being a man who was principal to a principled man who is running for mayor in Port Alberni.

Retired Alberni District Secondary School principal Mike Ruttan is following his own advice in announcing he will run for mayor in November’s municipal election.

“I always told my students that if they want something then they should prepare themselves and go for it,” Ruttan said. “Well I’m preparing and I’m going for it.”

A cross-section of people have encouraged him to run, he said. “A lot of those people were students when I was a principal who are now grown.”

The married father of four was born and raised in Port Alberni, and his roots go back to 1939 when his family’s first descendant arrived. “I’m from Port Alberni. I’ve worked in Port Alberni. And when I retired last year I never left Port Alberni,” he said.

Ruttan has set up a Facebook page and Twitter account as a way of reaching out to voters for his candidacy

Ruttan worked as a teacher and principal in Bamfield and Port Alberni from 1979 until 2013. He was the first principal of the new ADSS on Roger Street.

Mike RuttanCommunication with council, staff and the city’s taxpayers is a cornerstone of Ruttan’s platform. “You need to communicate with people but they need to be engaged in a meaningful way first.”

Ruttan admits he lacks council experience but says he’s stayed abreast of civic politics as a citizen. He dealt with politicians as a principal, worked with a large staff and understands large budgets. “But it’s about communicating, working with people and taking care of their needs, something I’ve done throughout my career,” he said.

The city needs to live within its means and that includes city councillors, Ruttan said. “It was a mistake for council to ask taxpayers to pay more property tax while at the same time increasing their own compensation.”

Ruttan said he’s well equipped to handle any challenges to his beliefs or decisions.

“I was constantly challenged in my career. But you learn that no one has all the answers, You work with people and exchange ideas,” he said. “If being challenged creates better ideas and subsequently a stronger community then I support that.”

Diversifying the economy, increasing voter participation particularly among the youth demographic and regaining the trust of the electorate are key issues the city is facing, Ruttan said.

“The city needs someone who can pull the community together when issues arise.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to hear feedback on cannabis production

Bylaw amendment could limit cannabis production in the district

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up first win of the season on home ice

Bannister, Bosse play the heroes in ‘close’ game with Nanaimo

UPDATE: UVic students killed in Bamfield bus crash were from Winnipeg, Iowa City

RCMP also said a second vehicle was in the area at the time of the collision

Port Alberni’s 35th Toy Run draws 420 riders

Gloomy weather didn’t dampen spirits

Bamfield Road safety concerns resurface after fatal bus crash

Huu-ay-aht First Nations wants a safe route between Bamfield and Port Alberni

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

Nanaimo ferry an hour and a half behind schedule after medical emergency

Queen of Oak Bay was delayed at Departure Bay this afternoon

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Two Nanaimo residents share $5-million Lotto 6/49 prize

Jesse Logan and Teresa Winters Day matched all six numbers in Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

Most Read