Mike Ferris may seem like another new person running for council, but he has plenty of experience.
Ferris has served two terms on council before, from 1995 until 2001 when he left to focus on his family and career.
"I was 35 years old and walked into it with big eyes and had no idea of just how busy this city is," he explained. "You think you've lived in the city and have a finger on the pulse but you don't until you've sat behind that desk."
When Ferris was last in council, he said the city budget was just $17 million for roughly 12,000 residents. Now, at $75 million, he says his experience will be an asset.
"Probably the biggest kick in the head for everybody when they start is the budget, back in the day, they threw the budget at you the day after you were elected, nobody can go through a huge thick binder and understand it, we're not all chartered accountants. I can bring [the experience] I have. I don't think you ever lose that."
On the big issues, he's quite passionate about photo radar.
"As we heard in the forum, get the photo radar in the school zones, not on the highways where they're not doing us any good but collecting money."
Ferris fought long and hard to keep it out of the Fort when he was on council last.
Other items on his platform include supporting infrastructure needs within budget constraints, continuing to encourage the Fort to grow as well as controlling taxes and spending.
Those curious to know more about Ferris can contact him on his cell phone at 780-217-6620 or by email at [email protected]

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