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.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Young bear killed downtown Chilliwack was habituated to humans

Conservation officer says bear would not have been a candidate for relocation

Severe thunderstorm possible for Fraser Valley

Environment Canada has put out a watch for the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon

Chilliwack man faces Motor Vehicle Act charge for crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged for 2018 Highway 1 accident where Kelowna elementary school teacher died

UPDATE: ‘Spontaneous combustion’ likely cause of fire at mushroom composting facility on Lougheed Highway

First responders were at the blaze near the Skawahlook First Nation Tuesday

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

B.C. Olympic skier sues Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Most Read