Election 2014: New contender joins council race

District of Hope: Hondo Stroyan is the latest person to announce candidacy

Another candidate is eying a seat on council.

With the official nomination period now open, newcomer Hondo Stroyan has announced his intention to run in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

“I have a business background, I’m a fresh face and a new voice, and I have a genuine concern for this community and our town,” said Stroyan.

“I am prepared to work hard over the next four years to bring our community and the town of Hope together in a direction that reflects a reasonable prosperity every British Columbian is entitled to.”

Stroyan wants to improve council communication with the public, reduce taxes, and work to bring new business to Hope. He believes taxes are too high and the district needs to re-examine its spending priorities.

“It’s a tough business climate. There are a lot of people that want to shop locally but we need to have to have the stuff here for them,” he said.

“There are people in this community that have committed themselves and invested everything in this town, and they need to be supported, respected and heard. We have to find a way to find new business that’s going to benefit the town but not at the expense of the businesses that are already here.”

Stroyan lives in Hope with his wife and three children, and has been an active member of the Hope Rotary Club for the past four years. He used to own Hope Sleep Centre and now works at Gardner GM in sales and leasing.

Donna Burns and Dusty Smith have also decided to run for council in November.

As for the mayoral race, Lloyd Forman, Glen Ogren, Wilfried Vicktor and Cindy Young are planning to vie for the community’s top job.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. on Oct. 10 to file their nomination papers.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Undercover video shows alleged animal abuse at Abbotsford egg farm

One employee wearing logo of Chilliwack chicken-catching company already facing abuse charges

Speed carving event on Friday and Saturday in Memorial Park

Organizers are keeping event small, physically distanced and stocked with sanitizer

Mission man who nearly died from COVID-19 at Abbotsford hospital reflects on one-month battle

Robert Billyard was in an induced coma to ensure his body would not fight the ventilator to breathe

Weekend food truck fest, fire department demo a success for cash-strapped Sunshine Valley fire department

BC Day long weekend event included vehicle extrication demo, food trucks, firefighting games for kids

Lavender hand sanitizer sale raises cash for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Golf course and lavender farm partner up to support health care in the Fraser Valley

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Wings and Wheels set for weekend lift-off in Abbotsford

Fundraiser to raise money for Crystal Gala Foundation and the fight against breast cancer

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read