What is your background or political experience?
Since 1980 (with the exception of one year) I have lived in Hope. I graduated from Hope Secondary School in 1989 and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a finance concentration. Over the past 21 years, I have been elected on five separate occasions – twice as school trustee, once as councillor and twice as mayor.
What are the most pressing issues facing Hope?
Extremely high taxes, need for more quality employment, and a reinstatement of a functional council dynamic. The theme of respect is also very important to me – respect for your finances, respect for input from the public and proper communication with all taxpayers. More careful spending habits by the district and intentional support of local businesses is key to the health of the district.
If elected, what would be your main priority as mayor?
My first goal will be to make sure the district is functioning smoothly by making council set a clear and realistic direction. Staff must feel respected but realize that council sets the goals and priorities. Accurate and honest reporting of the facts and issues is key for the new council. Starting to televise meetings again on the internet and Shaw Cable will help.
Why should people vote for you?
Over the past two decades, I have had the pleasure and honor of serving the district on five separate occasions! I firmly believe that experience in our community is very important for any successful mayor. I have always worked hard, been respectful to all who I have come in contact withand will be very focused on results from our new council.