For the third time in as many municipal elections Steve Forseth’s name will be on the Nov. 19 ballot.
In 2005 Forseth ran for Williams Lake city council and in 2008 he took a run for the Cariboo Regional District’s Area F seat but lost on both occasions.
Forseth says the reason why he’s decided to run for a councillor position in 2011 is that he would have liked to see the City move in a different direction on a number of portfolios including the handling of the Cariboo Lodge facility, the City’s handling of the Community Arts Council and its former use of Heritage House, ongoing care and maintenance of Scout Island and the Scout Island Nature Centre, and keeping residents up to date with new or revised bylaws coming out of City Hall. Forseth says he also would like to see the development of a multi-family complex at the former Poplar Glade Elementary School site, although he recognizes the property, at this time, is owned by School District 27.
Forseth further cites a “deep love” for municipal politics that’s rooted in its closeness to the citizenry and the fact that it utilizes a consensus-based approach.
“I think residents need to remember that not only is municipal government the closest government to taxpayers but it really has the biggest impact on their lives.
“People get cynical from federal and provincial politics, whereas municipal is mostly consensus-based governing where you take an issue and you do try to get everyone wrapped around a common position as best you can.”