Starr Winchester will be seeking re-election to Courtenay city council. Starr has served 21 years on Courtenay council, including six years as mayor.
She was born and raised in Courtenay and has an extensive business background, having retired after 34 years in the banking industry.
Starr has always been supportive of senior and youth facilities.
“Seniors are a vital part of our community, they contribute significantly to our economy, and we must continue to provide them with the amenities they deserve. Also, supporting youth activities has always been and will continue to be a priority to me.”
Starr feels strongly that holding the line on taxes is crucial during these challenging times.
“Without major industry, we have a limited funding base in Courtenay, therefore we must not lose sight of our mandate as a council, which is to focus on our core responsibilities to our citizens. Taxes directly affect our standard of living, in particular our citizens on fixed incomes and pensions. I continue to have great concern about the duplication of services here in the Comox Valley. I fully support an independent governance review of the Comox Valley to determine the best form of governance. Courtenay citizens carry an unfair tax burden when it comes to policing, recreation, senior and cultural facilities.
“Courtenay council must work together, with both levels of senior government and local agencies to help our most vulnerable citizens. This is a complex issue, with no simple answers unfortunately.
“The City of Courtenay has been very good to me and my family. I love my position as councillor, and vow to continue to contribute an open-minded, energetic and positive presence to Courtenay council.”