The Tribune asked candidates running in the municipal, regional, and School District 27 election a few questions about themselves and their platforms.
We asked the following:
• What position are you running for?
• Why are you running for it?
• What do you see as the top three issues to address in your community?
• How do you propose to tackle them?
Candidates in the area, including those who have been acclaimed, were invited to participate for free
and were given a maximum word limit of 275 words to answer the questions above.
The following are the answers we received from participating candidates:
My name is Ivan Bonnell and I am a candidate for councillor for the City of Williams Lake. I am a long-time resident of the city and have previously served on council for 14 years, including a term as mayor from 1999-2002.
I am seeking election as councillor because I am concerned for the future of our community and the quality of life it provides to all residents.
Our city is faced with the need to build, replace, and maintain its infrastructure, provide services, attract new investment, and manage a significant debt load. These obligations must be met, while keeping user fees and the tax burden on property owners at an affordable level.
Services provided to the community by the volunteer sector are essential to improve the quality of life for all residents. City council must ensure that volunteers continue to be supported. The City and the Cariboo Chilcotin region are not immune to the effects of the current global economic downturn. Our community can mitigate some of these impacts by developing true partnerships with other governments, authorities, agencies, and community groups.
Strong financial management is required to ensure capital projects and operating costs remain within the community’s ability to pay.
My experience will benefit the community as we move through the next three years. I have both the time and interest to devote to our city at this critical time. I look forward to the campaign and the opportunity to meet people, answer their questions, and hear their concerns.
I ask for your support on Nov. 19. Vote Ivan Bonnell for councillor — your first choice on the ballot.