Election 2014: Metchosin councillor candidates

Seven people running for four council seats in Metchosin

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. Four councillors to be elected.

* indicates incumbent

*Bob Gramigna, 63, retired horticulturist, on council since 2002

“My commitment to Metchosin residents in seeking my fifth term on council is to continue to focus on meeting and overcoming the challenges that face our community as we strive to protect the lifestyle we have worked together to build and maintain.”

 

Kyara Kahakauwila, 36, self-employed, councillor 1999-2008

“I am committed to providing out residents with the same level of dedication as I did when I was elected to council previously. I have a proven track record of making fair decisions based on facts and community input. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure Metchosin stays vibrant, rural and a jewel within the CRD.”

 

Andy MacKinnon, 58, biologist/forester, no previous experience

“I will work to uphold our existing community plan while maintaining Metchosin’s low residential taxes and debt-free status. I will listen respectfully to all viewpoints on issues before any decisions are made. And I will focus on maintaining our community’s green, rural character.”

 

*Moralea Milne, 64, retired, on council since 2008

“Metchosin means so much to me, a home with flowers and birds and bees. Where the gnarled oaks grow, and the roosters crow, and you smell the scent of the sea. To be rural we stand united, low taxes are highlighted, we keep densities low, our reserves have dough, and our debt is annihilated. I’ll stand firm for another term, if only you will have me.”

 

Chris Moehr, 67, management consultant/business analyst, former councillor 1999-2002

“As a former councillor and deputy mayor, my approach to office recognizes the importance of local land use decisions and all that flows from it. I will do thorough research on local issues, come prepared, listen to others and do my best to serve the immediate and long-term interests of my community, Metchosin.”

 

Anne Richmond, 56, consultant, no previous experience

“My commitment is to continue the work of past councils to preserve and promote Metchosin as a sustainable rural community, and to support the vibrant volunteer groups which do so much to define our community. I’ll use the skills and experience developed through many years in government to support council to operate in a transparent and accountable way.”

 

Karen Watson, 65, employee of Coleman Flowers, councillor 1993-1999 and mayor 1999-2005

“If elected, I will commit to working hard to maintain the rural lifestyle expected by our residents. Farming is an important component of our community and should be supported by council and residents. I will work hard to support and represent all of our residents. I will be a fair and open-minded member of council.”