Penner challenges for Ward 4 seat in Hannover – SteinbachOnline.com

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He may be new to Hanover, but council candidate Ed Penner is certainly no stranger to city politics. Penner has announced that he is running for the seat of Ward Four of the Rural Municipality of Hannover.

From 1980 until recently, Penner resided in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn. During that time, he spent 20 years on the city council there. In fact, he was still a councilor in that municipality until he moved to Hanover this summer. In the October 26 election, he will challenge incumbent Councilor John Giesbrecht.

Ward four is made up of the communities of Friedensfeld, Sarto and Pansy. Penner lives in this neighborhood, something he feels is important to representing taxpayers well. He adds that this neighborhood is also very similar to the Stuartburn area where he comes from.

“The lay of the land is pretty much the same,” Penner notes. “I have experience in this kind of landscape and I know pretty much what works in this area.”

That said, Penner notes that if elected, he will be there to represent the entire municipality and not just Ward Four.

“I believe that we have a say throughout the municipality, but we are always there to represent our municipal district,” he adds.

Penner says Ward Four residents have been very supportive of her running for office. He notes that a number of growers in Hannover, after hearing that he now lives in the municipality, approached him about running for council.

Penner says her main goal is to find out what the needs of local residents are. He first notes what he means is that municipal roads need to be upgraded to a level that can handle today’s traffic flow. If elected, another goal would be to make sure Hannover’s drains can handle our rainstorms.

After 20 years on Stuartburn Council, Penner says he feels he has represented the area very well. He notes that agriculture was a key part of his neighborhood and he made sure to put it front and center. Penner also served as Vice President of the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District, promoting water retention.

Penner says he first joined the Council at a time when the hog industry was beginning to pick up steam in the Southeast. He believes he has helped bring farmers together to ensure the livestock industry remains sustainable, while respecting residential areas.

“I’m a people person and like to help people when they’re in need,” notes Penner. “When I see they have a problem that needs to be solved, I like to work for them and work with them to solve their problems so they can have better livelihoods and sustainable livelihoods.”

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