Election 2014: Highlands councillor candidates

Seven people running for six spots on council in Highlands

Candidates were asked to list their name, age, occupation, previous publicly elected political experience, and what their commitment to the residents of the municipality is if they were to be voted in. Six councillors to be elected.

* indicates incumbent

Leslie Anderson, 51, management consultant, no previous experience

“I will use my extensive public sector experience to work constructively with council, staff and Highlands residents. We’re in a better position than ever to tackle key challenges (e.g. groundwater management, secondary suites) and I will use my professional and academic skills to bring positive energy and creative contributions.”

 

Ann Baird, 47, biologist/financial manager, no previous experience

“My biology and financial background combined with nine years creating the celebrated solar-powered Eco-Sense homestead gives me an integrated perspective for decision-making. I will bring my years of volunteer service co-creating our Integrated Community Sustainability Plan to the council table to address your concerns related to water, affordable housing, bylaw enforcement and local food.”

 

*Karel Roessingh, 61, musician/composer/producer, three terms as councillor, two terms as mayor

“I am committed to keeping Highlands on a solid financial course, with limited development ensuring benefits to Highlanders, protecting our invaluable water resources and improving communication and public involvement. I will continue to make sure citizens’ views are respected and taken into account.”

 

Gord Baird, 45, sustainable systems consultant, no previous experience

“To apply my very strong business background and understanding of the Highlands ICSP 5 capitals decision-making platform to address topics on innovative groundwater protection strategies, secondary housing and continuing the great financial stewardship the Highlands is known for. I bring a wise and experienced voice to the table on resiliency and adaptation in the face of climate change.”

 

Karen Burns, 57, adult basic education instructor, no previous experience

“To work on groundwater protection for quality and quantity, and water conservation strategies and education, to figure out how to make secondary suites work for the benefit of all, construct separated bike lanes on major transportation corridors, encourage an enhanced RCMP presence in the district, increase bylaw enforcement, apply the Sustainability Checklist for new subdivisions.”

 

Sherry Clayton, 48, musician/accounting assistant, no previous experience

“I am genuinely interested in residents’ ideas and am committed to sustainability, prosperity and community. I believe in open, common-sense government in meaningful consultation with residents and taxpayers. My commitment to the Highlands is to represent your voice on council. I will work to keep taxes low while promoting a thriving community.”

 

*Marcie McLean, 59, retired provincial government employee, on council since 2008

“My commitment to the residents, land owners and business owners within the District is continued hard work on their behalf, working toward consensus building and in the best interests of the community, continued budget reviews in detail and to work to maintain expenditures to only those truly needed. To uphold our unique rural values, to be inclusive, approachable and accountable.”