Election 2014: View Royal councillor candidates

Six people running for four spots on View Royal council

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

Mark Brennan, age not given, former municipal administrator/masters student in public administration, no previous experience

“I intend to critically assess the needs of our residents and work cooperatively with other council members to forge creative ways to address them. I will seek out View Royal consensus on sewage treatment and amalgamation. My focus is more on those issues that most directly affect us in View Royal.”

 

*John Rogers, 63, retired, on council for 18 years

“I will attend prepared for all meetings, objectively assess issues and act in the town’s best interests; promote policies that ensure efficient, effective municipal services; require accountability and transparency of municipal operations; broaden our tax base and keep taxes low; encourage good quality developments while protecting the environment and our community ambiance; and address transportation issues such as road safety.”

 

Wes Kennedy, 28, owner of Elite Training Programs Inc., no previous experience

“To be fair, reasonable and honest in my decision making on council and to listen to the concerns of the residents of View Royal so that I may turn their problems into solutions. I will also be vocal in my support to begin a study into amalgamation, which is something that the residents have made clear to me they want to see.”

 

*Heidi Rast, 38, molecular biology research technician, on council since 2008

“To keep View Royal: affordable by working hard to keep your taxes affordable; liveable, by ensuring developments provide the services that residents want; secure, by working closely with the RCMP, fire and bylaw departments to meet your needs; accessible, by supporting a town hall and council that are transparent and approachable; green, by actively supporting invasive plant removal in Portage Park. Fiscally sound, by conducting a review of our reserve funds.”

 

Aaron Weisgerber, 28, Manager of Alpine Marine, no previous experience

“I will add a new generation to our council with fresh input from all residents in our growing community. I will strive to improve transportation for vehicle traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. I will support a study on amalgamation. I will continue to grow our community’s great network of trails, parks and beach access for all to enjoy.”

 

*Ron Mattson, 61, retired project manager and program manager, on council since 1996

“To help residents overcome problems with council and town staff, make View Royal a more attractive place for businesses to locate, complete a safe walking/cycling path along Watkiss Way, reduce the town’s expenditures wherever possible, support a financially sound sewage treatment option, and expand opportunities to volunteer and truly participate in our community.”