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:
I am running for Cariboo Regional District director, Area E, South Lakeside/Dog Creek, which includes Chimney Valley, Alkali Lake and Springhouse.
I believe in accountable government, and I will work hard to establish fiscally responsible, environmentally sustainable solutions to the issues of concern to Area E residents. I am tenacious, practical, and results driven, and will use these traits for the benefit of Area E.
Area E has long struggled with water and sewer issues and, thus far, the solutions put forward have been prohibitively expensive to residents. There is much more work that needs to be done to find an acceptable resolution.
Another important issue is the new master site plan of the Cariboo Regional Hospital. While we have seen some action in this regard, there is still much work to be done to realize these much needed updates and upgrades. Working with Interior Health and other high-profile stakeholders to keep this project moving forward and within a reasonable budget is a major priority. Despite the current positive indicators of economic growth in the region, I have not yet seen a trickling down to the disposable incomes of our families and seniors. As the mother in a family of five, I understand how important it is to ensure affordable access to health care, sports and recreation, and arts and culture to maintain our quality of life. To capitalize on the budget of the CRD, my goal is to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new alliances with like-minded organizations, and to lobby provincial and federal government for an appropriate and fair share of government spending for the benefit of the entire community of Williams Lake.