Comox businessman announces candidacy in town byelection

Steve Blacklock seeking seat on council vacated by Pat McKenna

Steve Blacklock is running for the vacant seat on Comox council. Photo supplied.

Steve Blacklock is one of four candidates running in the Comox byelection for the vacated seat on council. The Record has offered each candidate the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and explain why they chose to run in the byelection.

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Long-time Comox resident Steve Blacklock has announced he is running for a seat on the Town’s council in the upcoming by-election.

In declaring his candidacy for the vacated position, the commercial appraiser, husband, father, and adventure runner has turned the Nov. 27 byelection into a five-person race.

“The Town of Comox is growing. I’m an independent candidate looking for the opportunity to work with the mayor, council and staff, to shape solutions to the issues facing our growing town, such as the lack of affordable housing in town and expanding recreational amenities, while minimizing the burden on property tax ratepayers,” says Blacklock. “I know and love this community. I have a thorough understanding of land-use and development issues. My goal is to help achieve a balance across varied community interests.”

Blacklock also brings extensive experience in professional and non-profit governance. He currently serves on the national board of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He’s a charter member of the Rotary Club of the Comox Valley and sits on its executive as Fundraising Director. He has also volunteered on projects with Habitat 4 Humanity, KidSport BC, and the We Can Shelter Society.

The commitment to community is a family trait.

“‘Service Above Self’ is a value my parents taught me from a young age, and one I continue to embrace. My family and my community are what matter most to me.”

As he vies for Pat McKenna’s vacant seat, Blacklock hopes to continue the former councillor’s dedication to the residents of Comox.

“I had the pleasure of working with Pat on some Habitat projects, so I know first-hand how devoted he was to the Town. I plan to carry on his commitment to transparency, cooperation and getting things done for the community.”

“No slate or party politics for me. My only agenda is to examine each issue with diligence and energy as they come along, and communicate honestly and openly.”

Blacklock looks forward to hearing from Town of Comox residents during the by-election campaign and will be out in the community once the campaign period begins on October 30th. In the meantime, he can be contacted via email at steve@steve4comox.ca.

“I’d love to hear from any current or soon-to-be residents of the Town of Comox, to listen to your ideas and discuss our visions for the future of this beautiful community.”