3.2 C
Fort St. John
Monday, December 10, 2018
Tel: 250-787-7100
Email: contact@energeticcity.ca
9924 101 ave Fort St. John, B.C.
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Candidates running for Regional District Area C in the 2014 Election

The responses below have not been edited in any way and have been displayed in alphabetical order.  Your next chance to vote is Wednesday November 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peace River Regional District office in Fort St. John.  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.

We have also sent questions to the candidates running for Mayor in Taylor and the Peace River Regional District Area C.  We will post those responses in the coming days.

[wptab name=’James Bergen’]James Bergen

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James Bergen

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

I feel the next 4 years strong leadership is going to be needed to manage the growth and opportunities in Area C.  I have the leadership skills needed to do this.  I will do my best to make Area C and the city of Fort St. John a better place to raise my family and yours.

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

I want Area C to build a stronger partnership with the city of Fort St. John and work to solve our problems together.  Area C relies heavily on the infrastructure and recreation areas provided to the city.  I think Area C can take a bigger support role in the costs and operation of these things.  I will build my relationship with the mayor and council through open and honest discussion about city boundary expansion, infrastructure needs, recreation areas, and practical solutions to our health care shortages.

3. What is the biggest issue facing the community?

Impacts from potential industrial activities slated for our community, LNG and Site C.  Are we really ready for this amount of pressure on community infrastructure I don’t think so.

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

Legacy projects, long term infrastructure upgrades to help manage the increased activity in the community, but will allow for continued growth.  Job opportunities for residents and potentially long term funding from taxation and fair share agreements.

Our community begins look even more like an industrial work site, loss of a beautiful landscape, anger from the community and first nations over the lack of consultation and planning to make these opportunities create lasting benefits.

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

An unwillingness to change.

Area C is changing daily.  It is transitioning from a rural community to an urban one.  This change is forcing a need for cultural change.  Failure to recognize this will result in a lack of engagement by the community as a whole.  A lack of engagement directly affects the way the community functions as a whole.  We want people to want to live here, work here, play here and raise their families here.[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Brad Sperling’]Brad Sperling 2

Brad Sperling

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

When we first moved to Charlie Lake 10 years ago, you would see older couples out walking now it’s young families with children, I want to see that they stay, raise their families and enjoy the Peace River area as much as we have.

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

My primary goal is to see that everyone in the PRRD enjoys their lives and plan the same thing for those who will move here.

3. What is the biggest issue facing the community?

Although we all have the same issues; health care, infrastructure, education, recreation and the list goes on, the biggest issue is being overwhelmed at which growth may occur and can we deal with it. By working together we will.

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

Engage their neighbor and work together, that is one promise I can make.

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

Nothing is holding us back, we just need to put our heads together and do it.[/wptab]

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