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:
1) What position are you running for?
I’m running for a seat on city council.
2) Why are you running for it?
I believe I can make a difference. Williams Lake has lacked a clear sense of leadership and above all a vision for the future.
Council needs to work very hard over the next three years and beyond to ensure Williams Lake is well positioned for the challenges ahead. Council needs to set specific goals for improving existing assets such as the Stampede and for the attraction of new business to the community.
3) What do you see as the top three issues?
Economic development, provincial tax shifting onto municipalities, and obtaining our fair share of Infrastructure funding from both provincial and federal governments.
4) How do you propose to tackle them?
Quite simply, through very hard work on the part of both the mayor and council.
It’s easy to talk the talk but much more difficult to do the walk.
Developing a vision, strategic plan and specific goals is an onerous task requiring dedication and a willingness to do the work that is required.
There needs to be much less reliance on City staff and more responsibility and leadership from the mayor and council. We need to understand the issues and make decisions based on the best available evidence.