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 mayor.
My three reasons for running are: HOPE, financial accountability and economic opportunities.
HOPE: We need Honesty, Openness, a Positive outlook and Experience.
From what I have been hearing throughout this campaign is blame, not honesty. I am not suggesting there are lies, just not the whole truth.
There is talk about relation building. To build any relationship one must be honest and real. That also holds true for openness. How can we build a relationship when there is deceit and misleading information? I may not always be politically correct but what I say is correct. Sometimes the truth hurts. Let’s deal with truths in building our relationship. Being positive relates back to openness. You tell me what you need, I tell you what the city needs and we work together to deliver. Favouritism does not cut it in my world.
We have many positive opportunities in this area and we must capitalize on them. They are endless — from forestry, mining, agriculture, tourism, our own university as well as the ability to be the trading centre of the Cariboo Chilcotin. We are the hub; lets make it happen!
With this grey hair comes experience and knowledge. The errors I see being made are from lack of experience. The wish to get a picture in the paper, a sound bite at any cost, is not what I want to be known for.
I have children and grandchildren in this community. I want to be part of making sure they can be educated, work and raise their families here, as I have in the past 50-plus years.