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Saturday, November 10, 2018
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9924 101 ave Fort St. John, B.C.
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Candidates running for Mayor in Taylor in the 2014 Municipal Election

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The responses below have not been edited in any way and have been displayed in alphabetical order.  General Election day is Saturday November 15.  The polls will also be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For a list of voting locations, click here.

[wptab name=’Robert Fraser’]

Robert Fraser

1. Why did you decide to run in the 2014 municipal election?

Taylor has been the community that I have called home for 21 years. I have safely raised my family here. I want to give back to the community that has given much to my family and me over the years. I believe everyone can and should give back something to their community.  A well-kept lawn, a few flowers planted in a garden, a newly painted fence, volunteering, working with a family group or running for council; everyone gives where they can. Taylor will need a leader as good as Mayor Jarvis has been. My family, friends, supporters and I believe I can be that leader.

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2. What is the primary goal you’d like to accomplish if elected to office? How are you going to achieve this goal?

This region is going to see tremendous growth in the next 10 years. If the Site C and LNG projects go ahead, the growth will be very difficult to manage. My goal would be to see responsible growth in Taylor. Our council will need to work closely with staff to ensure that appropriate planning is performed to reduce or eliminate any potential negative impacts that may result from excessive growth. On the other hand new growth provides many opportunities. Taylor is in a good position to benefit from responsible growth.

3. What is the biggest issue facing the community?

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Preparing for growth will be challenging. There are few building lots available. Taylor has seen positive growth for many years now.  The council will need to be resourceful to find appropriate areas for expansion of residential, business and industry if they choose to invest in Taylor.

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4. What can Taylor do to prepare for the province’s potential LNG industry and Site C dam (both positive and negative aspects)?

Taylor will need to ensure its’ infrastructure is capable of dealing with the potential growth. Water, sewer, fire and recreational services will need to be re-evaluated with these mega projects in mind.

Traffic and pedestrian patterns need to be established before any increases in volume. Street lights, stop lights, sidewalks and cross walks need to be planned and coordinated.

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Responsible growth will bring new residents to Taylor. New residents are customers, volunteers, coaches, players and members of community clubs and service groups. Taylor needs to be in a position to welcome any new residents to our community.

5. Who or what is holding back the growth of the community you’re running in?

It may sound cliché’ but the only thing to fear is fear. Taylor may be held back by the fear of preparing for growth.  It can be daunting to hear that the region may see 60,000 new workers. How can all the communities prepare for that? The streets, sewer, water, health care, schools and recreational services required are staggering. The good news is the District of Taylor has a very good team ready and willing to take on the challenge and work together with our regional partners to tackle this tremendous challenge.  I want to help lead that team. I have the proven knowledge, skills, ability and drive to do it.

[/wptab][wptab name=’Brad Filmer’]

Brad Filmer

1. Why did you decide to run in the 2014 municipal election?

 Over the past two terms, I have been asked by several people if I would run for mayor. Now that I have retired after 35 years of teaching, I am able to dedicate my full energy into this honoured position. I will use my skills and experience as a team builder, and problem solver, to make Taylor a great place to live and an awesome place to belong.

2. What is the primary goal you’d like to accomplish if elected into office? How are you going to achieve this goal?

 My goal is to support and guide a strong committed team of council, staff and community members to implement the vision  of a safe, sustainable and welcoming community.

3. What is the biggest issue facing the community?

The foundation of our community is its people. With a strong community spirit we are able to conquer any issue. The need to develop a commercial core , traffic safety, and building up infrastructure are some of the issues that  we will address together.

4. What can the city do to prepare for the province’s potential LNG industry and Site C dam (both positive and negative aspects)?   

 Best practice for a community is to develop safe sustainable growth.  Mayor, council and staff must work together to maximize opportunities without sacrificing our community vision. 

5. Who or what is holding back the growth of the community you’re running in?

 Taylor has a well organized community plan now that has room for growth in residential, commercial and industrial areas. Taylor is currently a community that is moving forward, and takes pride in offering services such as: a medical clinic, library, bank, golf course, participation trails, arena, pool, park, curling rink, ball diamonds, tourist info centre- the list goes on.              Taylor is a community to invest in for life.

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