I am a retired communications technician, married with three kids and eight grandchildren, and have been a resident of the Comox Valley for the past 35 years. I have served my community as a volunteer firefighter, area school trustee, member of the provincial and regional library boards, soccer and baseball coach, and scout leader.
I offer the voters of Courtenay the opportunity to elect a fair and open-minded individual who will actively listen to all perspectives and make choices that represent the needs and desires of our citizens in a fiscally responsible manner.
Some of the current issues of concern to me include improving the city’s permitting process so that is timely and fair to ensure we do not drive development and local builders away, resolving the Maple Pool tenancy issue in a way that is respectful and fair to the tenants and owners, and addressing parking and traffic problems associated with the new hospital, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, and North Island College. I am passionate about our environment and will work hard to encourage responsible development and protect our community and province from both local threats as well as larger provincial ones such as the current drive to build heavy oil pipelines and increase diluted bitumen tanker traffic on our coast.
I believe that council appointees to the Regional District should be democratically elected, and not simply appointed at the sole discretion of the mayor.
My pledge to voters is to pro-actively work for the citizens of Courtenay as a fellow citizen who will always take the time to meet and listen to your concerns, and represent your interests in a fair and transparent manner. If you are looking for a citizen focussed candidate committed to building a strong, fiscally responsible, and equitable community then please vote for me and “Let George do it!”
George can be reached at 250-703-3463 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the campaign.