(THUNDER BAY, ONT) – The competition for the mayor’s seat is heating up, as a fifth contestant has entered the running.
Ron Chookomolin believes that Thunder Bay having an Indigenous mayor would indicate the city is committed to diversity.
Chookomolin insists that council needs more minorities at the table, and that would be the only way Thunder Bay council could address past issues. He speaks about racism, and that in order to understand racism, one must have a background in which one has full knowledge.
Chookomolin has ideas to tackle addiction issues in the community, one of them being pressing the province to mandate treatment following a bail hearing, where addicts get released back into the community. Tackling addiction in youths is also one of his focuses.
He indicated that a root cause of a chunk of crime in town is drug addiction and that tackling addiction issues would be an ideal way to tackle crime.
Encouraging job growth, pushing economic development, and restoring our infrastructure is also on Chookomolin’s agenda.
Chookomolin’s son, 25-year-old Marlan, was discovered severely injured on the black path between County Park and the Thunder Bay Expressway, near Dawson Road, and had passed away the following day.
A short time after his son’s death, Chookomolin publicly announced his intent to run for mayor of Thunder Bay.