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: Williams Lake City councillor.
2: There is a perception that the current municipal council is not serving the community as well as it could. I truly desire to change this by ensuring our practices/procedures at Williams Lake City Hall promote the highest values of open, ethical and transparent local government and the need to tighten our belts by watching our spending closely at WL City Hall to ensure it aligns with local community priorities like jobs, infrastructure and basic services (water, sewer, garbage, snow removal, fire, police and recreation).
3: Jobs, need to have sustainable community facilities, and open/transparent local government.
4: Jobs — ensure City of Williams Lake policies/procedures promote an “open for business” environment and take advantage of economic opportunities as they come forward and work with the Cariboo Regional District on a shared economic vision. Need for sustainable community facilities — as far as the Cariboo Memorial Complex goes — resolve, by end of 2012, management contract for CMRC then initiate planning process (without politicians) for future direction of all rec facilities in the Central Cariboo. Also, work with the Williams Lake Field Naturalists and others to ensure a sustainable Scout Island site — both on a financial/environmental basis. Open and transparent local government — review and revise City policies/procedures that promote the best ideals in open and transparent government including posting online of meeting notices, City budgets (line by line), City expense reports for council/senior staff and a place on the City website to praise City staff for their work around the city.