Wade LeBlanc

  • Age: 54
  • Occupation: Small business owner
  • Family: Wife, Crystal; 3 sons: Brock, Troy and Gavin

Patrick Miller

  • Age: 58
  • Family: Married to my wife, Catherine; 2 boys, Oliver, 25, and Joseph, 24
  • Facebook: Patrick Miller

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  • did not respond to the News Tribune’s questionnaire

What do you have to offer voters?

LeBlanc

I have lived in Silver Bay my entire life. By serving on many different boards and commissions, I have tried to keep informed of what the community has asked for in regard to the Comprehensive Plan. I also am aware of what the past City Councils, administrations and citizens have accomplished and would like to see moving forward.

Miller

I have the time and ability to work with all the residents of our city to address concerns and issues, no matter how big or small. As I understand the importance of every person's issue and how it may affect their everyday life and quality of living. I have a voice that will speak up for all the people of our city, with a determination to help make our city a fantastic place to live.

What is the biggest issue facing Silver Bay right now?

LeBlanc

Cities our size struggle with demographics, infrastructure, housing and the economy. We need to support our largest employer, Northshore Mining, while creating businesses that compliment the new campground, as one example. We have seen a spike in outdoor recreation such as camping, ATV, hiking, biking and golfing. This does cause congestion and strain on some amenities. We have great facilities in our area and need to continue to capture this market.

Miller

For many years our town was known as a quiet retirement town. Now with promoting and wanting to bring tourism to our town, I will work hard to incorporate both of these while keeping in mind our older generation, who enjoy the quiet small-town living, along with the younger generation, who enjoys going out and exploring what our area has to offer. My main goal would be a happy medium between the two.

Should Silver Bay do more to attract tourism? If so, how?

LeBlanc

Some of this was answered with the prior question. The hard part is to find attractions and activities that will bring people to our area in the shoulder seasons. Our ATV and ski trails are just as scenic and spectacular in the winter as they are in summer and fall. Given the current situation (COVID-19), we will need to adapt our attractions and activities. This will be a moving target for some time.

Miller

I think the city of Silver Bay is doing a great job right now at attracting tourism. Now I think the focus should be on accommodation and the needs of the tourists to assure that our town is both a great place to live and a great place to come hang out.

Does the city need more development, or should it focus on maintaining what it has?

LeBlanc

Given the time and effort from citizens, business owners, and local officials in creating the Comprehensive Plan, we need to keep this in mind when moving forward. The new campground and outdoor recreation were included in this plan, so we need to find ways to expand and build upon, as we continue supporting the businesses and industry we currently have.

Miller

Without growth, a city becomes dormant and tends to die, so a city can always use development, but that development has to be beneficial to the city and its people. Not detrimental to our way of life. Remember, all development needs to be maintained to assure it will be a great asset to our city.