Shaely – she said she is campaigning simply by her first name – is the secretary for the Dawson Creek Ratepayers, a group that has called for more fiscal restraint at City Hall. She said she believes the current and more recent past councils have been weighted too heavily towards arts and culture interests in the city and have not represented businesses and taxpayers well enough.
“Those are all great amenities and services that we have, but I think we need to have a voice for the people who are funding those things,” she said. “I think people are tired of being told, ‘we’re paying, we’re paying, we’re paying,’ and I think there are a lot of people out there who have had enough.”
She said she believes the FairShare funding the city receives in lieu of industrial property taxes should be used to lower taxes, not to pay for big capital projects.
“I don’t think we can afford to go one capital project after another, I don’t think we can afford too many more big projects, I think we have to look at we have. Sustainability is across the board …everything has to be sustainable.”
Shaely said she would like to have a look at the contentious water rate structure this current council implemented at the beginning of this year. She said she supports a user-based system, but would like to see if things could be done to address the concerns of people who have been affected, such as the residents of the Mile 0 RV Park.
She said she is not looking to make big campaign promises she can’t keep, but rather she promises to listen to and stand up for Dawson Creek taxpayers if elected.
“I will listen, and I will ask the questions, and sometimes people don’t want to do that, they get in there and they feel pressured because they might be going against the grain, and I am well known for going against the grain when need be.”
Shaely does not have any experience in public office, but she did serve on the parks and recreation advisory board to city council. She is also the past president of the Northern Lights Community Charitable Gaming Association, and has volunteered for two Northern BC Winter Games, as well as for local sports teams. She currently works as production manager at Busy Bee Signs and Graphics.
“I’m very involved in Dawson Creek, I love the community, and I want to see a council that will prepare strongly for our future.”
She said she strongly believes this election is a pivotal one for the future direction of Dawson Creek, and she is encouraging residents to get involved by voting and by running as candidates themselves.
Shaely is mother to five children and grandmother to three grandchildren.
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