Security, business voice important issues for Courtenay candidate Smith

After being provoked and then encouraged by Murray Presley, Dave Smith says he decided to run for Courtenay council early last week, and filed his papers Friday morning.

"My wife Diane of 22 years and sons Tyler and Alex have lived in the Valley for 18 years. We own three local businesses, which was a major factor in deciding to run.

With Presley stepping out of local politics, Smith says there will be little representation on council for business owners.

"I am committed to:

• Ensuring a safe and secure community to raise our children;

• Supporting programs which encourage and promote affordable housing;

• Ensuring financial transparency and public consultation and open communication when the City spends taxpayers’ money;

• Keeping the City’s green spaces, parks and recreation facilities well maintained;

• Ensuring the voices of business owners are heard;

• Working towards reducing government interference in our personal, professional, and business life.

"Specifically I want to address the homeless shelter, Maple Pool, Lewis Centre and the building of the new police station. Having a strong and vibrant business community helps keep residential taxes low, as there is a 3-1 difference in land taxes.

"If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be accessible to the public by phone, e-mail and when possible in person — 250-703-5126 or dsmith@comoxtaxi.com.

"Your vote counts!"

— Dave Smith

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