After four years as a member of council, David Frisch remains convinced that Courtenay’s growing city is awesome, and wants to do everything he can to help keep it that way. That’s why Frisch has decided to step up and run for mayor in the October municipal election.
With the support of his family, and the same team that helped him get elected with the most votes in the city’s history in 2014, Frisch believes that now is the time for leadership driven by a collaborative vision that seeks to preserve and invest in our greatest assets, while continuing to build a community where everyone can prosper.
“I have a vision for Courtenay that maintains the natural beauty of our valley while providing social and economic opportunities to people of all ages,” he said.
Championing fresh ideas like sidewalk cafes, walkability and clean air are examples of the type of action that Frisch believes will create a vibrant and healthy city. Such a community will attract investment and economic activity, especially in internet technology, tourism, and research and development sectors.
Frisch, an avid outdoorsman, was attracted to the ocean and mountains when he moved to Courtenay 20 years ago. He took business courses at North Island College and worked at several small businesses such as Mount Washington. He now owns and operates a small business in home construction. The 40-year-old father of three boys was part of a wave of younger councillors elected to office in 2014. He garnered 3,671 votes. The next highest was 3,033 votes. On council, he continues to pursue his commitments to local business and community economic development.
Courtenay has seen a lot of growth since 2014, and Frisch’s candidacy is supported by his track record, his commitment to teamwork, and his dedication to serving all residents. Additionally, he has an understanding and appeal to the next generation.
“Courtenay is next to Cumberland, which now has the highest growth rate and youngest average population on Vancouver Island,” he said.
There’s been an increase of younger families moving to the Comox Valley to take up lifestyles and work that fits local culture, while bringing new investments and ideas to work on.
“I think my focus on downtown revitalization, Smart Growth, and transportation really serves seniors, families and children well, and should be built on so that people have access to jobs and affordable housing while still benefiting from amenities in arts and culture and, of course, access to all the recreation on our doorstep,” he added.
“Through my work as a city councillor, I’ve learned just how truly important municipal leadership is because it has the greatest impact on everyone’s daily lives. I think Courtenay residents want, and deserve, a leader who strives for the betterment of the community as a whole, and who understands how responsible financial management, land use, ease of mobility, co-operation with city staff, and access to recreation are all parts of what makes our city great.”
Frisch says his focus on community building includes listening and considering local needs from all parts of society.
“We need to talk to the people and find out what they love about our city. We need to engage them and learn what their ideas are for growth and development, and do the consultation that enables us to move forward and update our key policies.”
Frisch is proud to be an elected representative on Vancouver Island at a time when the need for leadership, and preparedness for the future, aligns with his personal passion for calling the Comox Valley home.
“At first I was taken by the spectacular nature on our doorstep and the incredible recreation, but I soon realized that the people in the Valley are also special. Together with our families and children, we’re creating a healthy culture of support and engagement. That vibrancy is what I look forward to fostering if the people choose me to be their next mayor.”