Starr Winchester will be running for councillor for the City of Courtenay on Oct. 20.
Winchester has 21 years experience on Courtenay council, including six as mayor. She was born and raised in Courtenay and has an extensive business background with 32 years’ experience in the banking industry.
“These are challenging times, therefore holding the line on taxes is crucial. Taxes directly affect our standard of living, in particular our citizens on fixed incomes and pensions,” says Winchester.
Duplication of services in the Comox Valley is a concern for Winchester.
“We have some very costly infrastructure projects ahead of us that will require federal and provincial funding. We have to demonstrate that we are working together in order to qualify for funding.
“Traffic congestion is a real concern to most citizens and it certainly is to me. The costs for upgrading the 17th Street bridge and/or a third crossing should be shared by all citizens in the Comox Valley, as we all use the bridges.”
When it comes to affordable housing, Winchester says we must work together with all levels of government to address this issue.
“Locally, we should be looking at reviewing the regulations for secondary suites and carriage homes. This could greatly assist young people purchasing a home.
“Seniors are vital to the economic well-being of our community, and a good portion of our growth over the past several years has been seniors. It’s important that we provide the amenities they deserve.
“Courtenay council has three vacant seats this year, and I feel experience is vitally important. I offer my 21 years of experience, as well as my years of experience on the Comox Valley Regional District board and the various committees associated with the CVRD.”
Winchester recently served two years as a director on Island Health. She presently serves as a director on the board of Island Coastal Economic Trust.
Starr is supported by former MLA Don McRae.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Starr for six years on Courtenay city council. She brought passion, wisdom, and strong leadership skills to our community. She can be counted on to be an active and effective councillor for the City of Courtenay,” states McRae.
If elected on Oct. 20, Winchester promises to contribute an open-minded, positive presence on Courtenay council.