Smith plans to seek re-election

Six Hope incumbents are seeking re-election on Nov. 19

Another incumbent is getting ready to hit the campaign trail.

Coun. Ron Smith announced this week he is seeking his sixth term on Hope council in November. He joins Mayor Laurie French and fellow Couns. Scott Medlock, Donna Kropp, Peter Robb and Tim Hudie who also plan to seek re-election. Coun. Steve Schroeder is still deciding whether to run.

“I know what it takes to do the job and I know the level of commitment it requires to do it well,” said Smith.

“I understand the unique flavour and dynamics in this community. I know that my accessibility to the public and being available to answer questions or give people the background on how things have transpired over the years is really a strength for council and the public.”

Economic development remains a top priority for Smith, who believes council needs to look at creative ways to make Hope an affordable relocation alternative.

“You need to support the businesses that are here while looking to the future and growing that economic base,” he said.

“Diversity in a community is very important, not only from a quality of life perspective but an employability perspective.”

Smith also supports facade improvement programs, initiatives for low emission vehicles, and a simplification of the bylaw process. He would like to see a district task force created to assist business owners dealing with vandalism – particularly graffiti.

Smith currently sits on the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board and was appointed to the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C. this year.

He also owns Win Resources Inc. in Chilliwack and serves as a director of employment services for Mission Community Skills Society.

Nomination deadline for municipal candidates is on  Oct. 14.