Don Davis: Public participation is the key to good governance

Town of Comox: Davis, Don - Council candidate

  • Oct. 20, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Don Davis

I take great pleasure to announce that I will be standing for election as councillor for the Town of Comox. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, it is that encouragement that has led to my decision to run. I have continued to attend council meetings and I am up to date on current issues.

I have always felt that the key to good governance, at the local level, is public participation. I was quite concerned with Comox council’s recent decision not to allow a delegation. It should not matter what the topic, if citizens feel passionate enough about something to bring it to the attention of council, they should be given the right to be heard. I believe that there should be more public consultation on a number of matters.

If the community does not connect with council the broader perspective may not be reflected in decisions. While on council I was always sensitive to concerns of citizens.

When neighbourhood issues were raised I attended first-hand to become aware of the circumstance.  I provided answers to questions and tried to get support from town staff to deal with those issues, wherever possible. As a councillor this is a practice that I will continue to adhere to.

Keeping tax increases to a minimum must become a priority. Our community needs to be run the way we should run our homes. We need to have the bills paid, put food on the table and make sure the roof does not leak before we take a vacation.

There are a number of infrastructure issues such as aging water mains and crumbling sidewalks that must be dealt with. For change with experience please vote for Don Davis.

As always, I am available should anyone have questions or suggestions. Please contact me at 250-339-0505, cell 250-702-2876 or at dondaviscampaign@telus.net.

 

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