Port Alberni mayoral candidate Mike Ruttan.

Port Alberni mayoral candidate Mike Ruttan.

Profile: Port Alberni mayoral candidate Mike Ruttan

City of Port Alberni: Mike Ruttan- Mayoral candidate

  • Oct. 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Mike Ruttan is putting his experience, leadership skills, and vision before the people of Port Alberni in the 2014 election for mayor.

He was born and raised in the Alberni Valley. He and his wife returned here to teach and raise their family. He had the privilege of completing his career as principal of Alberni District Secondary School, a position requiring him to be responsible for the expenditure of a complex budget and work with a large, diverse staff.

Ruttan’s responsibilities as administrator ranged from chairing committees to communicating regularly with ministry officials. Under his leadership new programs were developed at ADSS, a series of entrepreneurial initiatives that yielded both academic and fiscal benefits for the school and district.

Ruttan believes that our greatest asset is the people who live in this city. Capitalizing on this, the city can reach out more fully to include residents in establishing a road map for the future.

Once having set that direction, the city needs to regularly review the plan and report the progress to taxpayers.

Port Alberni is looking for change.  The next four years are crucial for its future. The growth of the community is dependent upon a diverse and vibrant economy.

The city needs equitable supports for business, a tax structure that welcomes investment, fiscal responsibility, and thorough planning for investment in infrastructure.

Mike Ruttan says that we need to build those relationships within our city that help us achieve our common goals.  Together we can make change happen.

 

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