Elections

VOTE SMART 2011: Port Moody Council Candidates

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TOM BELL

Age: 45

Number of years living in city: 2.5

Occupation: low bed operator

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Volunteered with Share Family and Community Services food bank (over 200 hours so far this year) and the Tri-Cities Cold/Wet Weather mat program. Past Kinsmen president and member.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-financed plus friends and local businesses with either financial support or advertising at their business.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I think what sets me apart from some of the other candidate is the fact that I am not a politician, I am just a regular citizen like everyone else. I am motivated to help others in the community get their ideas and concerns heard in city hall.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I do believe that Port Moody residents are getting a good value for their money. But, like any bureaucracy, there is always room for improvement and we owe it to our citizens to maximize their tax dollar value.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I am not in favour of cutting services in our community. I believe we should run our city in a smart and responsible manner. I know with good planning and efficient use of staffing and resources, we can make this happen.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

There are many issues facing our residents. At the forefront is most likely taxes. I intend to do everything possible to help our residents and especially our business owners from being taxed to death. I think if we can help grow our business community, we can help everyone with their tax burden.

www.tombellforportmoody.com

 

GEORGE BRODERICK

Age: 51

Number of years living in city: 11

Occupation: business instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Business

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Volunteered with Environment, Economic Development, Family and Youth Justice committees, Public Art Sub-committee, former Scouts, Cub and Beaver leader, former board member Coastal Sound Music Academy, Rotary Club of Port Moody Knights of Columbus.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-financed to date.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I believe Port Moody needs a revitalization of the Moody Centre/Murray Clarke area with a boutique district and a technology park to house technology-oriented businesses. We should not push for the Murray-Clarke connector as this would create a major thoroughfare through the heart of our city and would create more problems than it would solve.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Yes, I believe the city is well run but that there can always be improvements.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I am in favour of maintaining and enhancing services in as efficient a way as possible. I think we need to grow in a sensible way to do this; I am not in favour of cutting services.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

This will be decided by either having a vision of a community where people can live and work with a high quality of life or by simply making decisions on transportation and development in a haphazard fashion which may generate a city that is simply a route to somewhere. We need vision and a sense of direction.

facebook.com/broderickforcouncil

 

DIANA DILWORTH•

Age: 45

Number of terms on council: 3

Occupation: Due to economic downturn, was recently laid off from operations manager position with the non-profit Fraser Basin Council. Currently exploring new career opportunities.

Who is funding your campaign?

Have not received any contributions to date, but in addition to self-funding, I expect donations from residents, local businesses and, possibly, members of the development sector.

Why do you believe you deserve to be rehired by taxpayers?

Over nine years on council, I have earned a reputation as being a hard-worker, someone who does their homework, is easily accessible and listens to residents before making decisions. I have always been committed to being highly visible in the community, attending as many events as I can, which provides an opportunity to talk with residents.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business publishes Spending Watch reports ranking B.C. municipalities’ civic spending relative to inflation and population. For a mid-sized community, we ranked first in 2006, second in 2008 and I believe are still in that range. We have healthy reserves and have been borrowing monies responsibility.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today, and your position on that?

The arrival of the Evergreen Line is absolutely the most important issue facing our city, not just today but likely for the next five to 10 years. The city has spent years shaping our community in anticipation of the line and we must now be prepared to deal with multi-year construction issues which will have significant impact for residents and businesses. Once it’s established, there will be great pressure for increased residential and commercial growth around the station locations. The next council needs to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the Evergreen Line is integrated into our community in a way that is in our best interests.

www.dianadilworth.ca

 

BOB ELLIOTT•

Age: did not answer

Number of terms on council: 3

Occupation: retired BC Hydro employee

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-financed.

Why do you believe you deserve to be re-elected by taxpayers?

I bring accountability and stability to council. Every decision I make is with great thought, research and passion for what I feel is in the best interest of our taxpayers.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Port Moody is a service-oriented city with our own police department and a trail system second to none in the Lower Mainland. We are a clean, safe, liveable city. We often have the lowest percentage tax rate in the Tri-Cities.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

I believe it is our lack of transportation in this region. This affects businesses, people-moving and car-oriented commuting. We must continue to hold TransLink and the provincial government accountable.

bob.elliott@shaw.ca

 

RICK GLUMAC

Age: 40

Number of years living in city: 6

Occupation: computer graphics supervisor

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Waste-to-Energy Task Force, Environmental Protection Committee, Transportation Committee, Land Use Committee, board of directors at the Port Moody Arts Centre Society, board of directors at the Port Moody Ecological Society, founder of Tri-City Green Council.

Who is funding your campaign?

Full disclosure of my funding is available on my website and updated regularly.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

As a member of the Waste-to-Energy Task Force, I voted against waste incineration in Port Moody. Then, as a member of the Environmental Protection Committee, I helped shape our community’s waste-diversion strategy, which now leads the province. I have years of city committee experience and a record of working hard for the city I love.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Yes, Port Moody has so much to be proud of and we have accomplished this while having the second lowest tax increases in the province for communities over 25,000 from 2000 to 2008. We must maintain this level of fiscal responsibility.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

Port Moody’s excellent services are part of what makes our community so special. I would like to keep taxes low by finding efficiencies and alternate sources of revenue, and by partnering with higher levels of government and non-government organizations to share costs when possible.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Transportation is the big issue and construction of the Evergreen Line will begin soon. We have to do what we can to minimize disruption to residents and businesses and work proactively to ensure that we avoid some of the crime issues that other communities have seen around Skytrain stations.

www.rickglumac.com

 

KEVIN HAGGLUND

Age: 48

Number of years living in city: 4

Occupation: regional account manager with Avron Canada

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Member of the Port Moody Heritage Commission. My volunteer work includes Scouts Canada, the United Way and Theatre Kelowna Society.

Who is funding your campaign?

Currently, I am a self-contributing candidate. I will also be seeking private donations from residents.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

My consensus leadership style allows me to work with a wide number of people for the betterment of Port Moody. I have an easygoing and patient personality that allows me to communicate very well and understand concepts and ideas that are being presented.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I believe Port Moody residents are getting good value for their tax dollars because we enjoy a number of services, including recreation and public safety, that communities of our size would like to have. We also are a leading municipality in landfill diversion, with over 70% household waste being diverted with a goal of doing better.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I am not in favour of cutting services and staff. Port Moody residents have come to enjoy a level of service and do not want any cut backs in services or staff.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The most important issue facing residents is development and growth that will result from the Evergreen Line. We have an opportunity to plan sustainable, smart growth and common-sense developments that will shape the future of our city. We must make sure that growth is fiscally, environmentally and socially responsible.

khagglund.shawwebspace.ca

 

REBECCA HELPS

Age: 33

Number of years living city: 32 (currently lives in Victoria)

Occupation: executive director of the Green Party of BC

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Past Girl Guide leader, started recycling program at Moody junior secondary.

Who is funding your campaign?

Myself and my parents, maximum budget of $2,500, hoping to only spend $1,500.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I believe climate change is the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity we face. The result of dealing with and addressing climate change in Port Moody will be a more resilient city where residents are healthier and happier.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Yes and no. We have great parks and recreation facilities. The best waste management program around. However, we have a lot of traffic problems and many people that live in areas with limited transit options and are unable to bike/walk to grocery stores and other amenities.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I believe we need to find a fair level of taxation that reflects the services needed by the community and also considers the services wanted by the community. I would not support cutting services or staff for essential services. With all budgeting, we need to consider the triple bottom line: financial, social and environmental. We do ourselves more damage if we cut services that result in long term social and/or environmental deficits.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The most important issue facing us is climate change. By addressing climate change, we can build a resilient community that will create many opportunities for current residents and meet the future needs of residents dealing with the more drastic impacts of climate change.

www.votinghelps.ca

 

JASON HULBERT

Age: 39

Number of years living in city: 23

Occupation: special event manager, MS Society of Canada

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Finance Committee, Port Moody Terry Fox Run, Crossroads Hospice Society, Treasures of Christmas Gala, Wildlife Rescue, Port Moody Rotary Kids’ Camp, Links to Literacy Golf Tournament, Wheel to Heal Bike Tour.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-financed, with contributions from family and friends.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I believe the time I have taken to be involved in the community — through events/causes, finance committee and being a regular attendee of council meetings for the past year — sets me above the other candidates. In my opinion, an elected official should have a degree of experience within the scope of the job.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

No, at present the citizens of Port Moody cannot sustain the constant rise in their taxes. That being said, we as a group need to find alternate sources of funding for the city’s projects and wish list. We need to prioritize which projects are deemed essential and which ones can be held off for a number of years.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

The residents of Port Moody will have the opportunity to tell council what they want to cut and keep. What I am likely to support or not support, if elected, will be a reflection of what the residents of Port Moody want.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

One of the most important which we need to plan for now is the arrival of the Evergreen Line. We need to establish open lines of communication between residents and business owners, and those in charge of the line itself from provincial bodies down to the contractors.

www.jasonhulbert.ca

 

BARBARA JUNKER

Age: 53

Number of years living in city: 22

Occupation: I am on a leave of absence from BC Hydro and currently representing BC Hydro employees through their union.

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Served as chair on the Glenayre elementary school parent advisory council, chair of the HYDRECS – BC Hydro employees charitable fund, Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Who is funding your campaign?

My campaign is being funded by friends, family, business and union.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I have a five-point plan for Port Moody that addresses traffic congestion, adds more park space, completion of the fire hall, meets LEED standards and a moratorium on BC Hydro Smart Meters. I also bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in consensus-building.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I believe the past council has done a good job at creating efficiencies and I commit to continue public consultation on the yearly budget to ensure Port Moody’s financial plan and taxation rates reflect the needs and wants that the community supports. I will be a strong voice for residents at the regional level on transportation and parks planning.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I would consider all other options available to keep taxes low before cutting services to the residents of Port Moody.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Traffic congestion is an important issue facing Port Moody. With TransLink not funding the Murray-Clarke connector, I commit to working with council members, TransLink and our neighbouring cities to find a viable solution to the traffic congestion.

www.barbarajunker.ca

 

SHANE KENNEDY

Age: 48

Number of years living in city: 15

Occupation: president of a technology company

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Member or volunteered with: Port Moody Soccer Association, Port Moody Commemorative Society, Tri-City Homeless Committee, Knights of Columbus, Port Moody Traffic Committee.

Who is funding your campaign?

I have not taken nor will I take campaign funds from developers, unions or third parties which will place me in conflict with elected office. My campaign funds have come from myself, my family, my friends and my own company.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am the only candidate to state publicly that I will take a pay freeze during my term in office.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

There is a real disconnect between how city staff treat tax dollars and how city council treats tax dollars. In redesigning the city’s website, staff saved taxpayers $149,000 by doing in-house work. Contrast this with council members, who blew $30,000 on a fire hall referendum they chose to ignore.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

A common misconception is that in order to keep taxes low, services and staff have to be cut. I believe we can keep taxes low and maintain current service and staff levels if city council were to exercise greater restraint in reining in discretionary spending (think travel junkets to China) and broaden our tax base by encouraging businesses to relocate in Port Moody. (Editor’s note: In fact, council’s trip to China in June 2009 was completely funded by the Asia-Pacific Twinning grant received in 2008.)

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

This election is going to be all about taxes. We need to put an end to tax increases that exceed the rate of inflation.

www.kennedyforcouncil.ca

 

DAN KIRCHNER

Age: 37

Number of years living in city: 4

Occupation: photographer

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Advisory Planning Commission, member and chair.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am enthusiastic, passionate and like to live and think outside the box.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I think, overall, Port Moody residents are getting reasonable value for their tax dollars but of course there are always improvements that can be made.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

While I am in favour of keeping taxes low, I am not in favour of cutting services or staff. I am in favour of reviewing the budget and maximizing efficiency and exploring the possibility of alternate sources of revenue for the municipality.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

There are many important issues facing Port Moody residents and most of them are connected; taxes, transportation, growth. I think it is important to manage the taxes while maintaining or improving services, including transport infrastructure. Specifically, I support the Evergreen Line and a solution for the Murray/Clarke project but want to ensure that the concerns of Port Moody residents surrounding such huge developments are heard and addressed.

www.dankirchner.com

 

JIMMY MALAMAS

Age: 55

Number of years living in city: 25

Occupation: entrepreneur, international trade consultant

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Volunteered with Port Moody Minor Hockey Association, Port Moody Lacrosse Association, coached baseball and girls’ hockey, softball and ringette; volunteered with Fingerling Festival.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I do not have a background in civic politics. What I do have is a no-nonsense, entrepreneurial approach to decision-making. I enjoy the collaboration process that is required from a community to access opportunities, and I am not afraid to take calculated risks to get things done.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

There is no doubt the city of Port Moody offers top-notch services. It’s one of the reasons our area has seen such incredible growth. While we appreciate the great services the city and its staff provide, it is critical that we understand the tax situation. I’d like to see us review all services, ensure we keep what is relevant and make room for new value without increasing the burden on homeowners.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

What if we could keep services, staff and keep taxes low? That question needs to be addressed first and the way to do it is to think like an entrepreneur. What other sources of revenues are available to the city? What resources need to be redeployed to deliver new and emerging services? What businesses or industries can we attract to our area?

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

We will see candidates hang their hats on important issues such as taxation, housing and transportation — as we should. These are all critical issues and, as a member of council, I promise they will top the agenda.

www.jimmymalamas.ca

 

GERRY NUTTALL•

Age: 66

Number of terms on council: 2

Occupation: retired businessman

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

Why do you believe you deserve to be rehired by taxpayers?

I commit myself to the job. I believe committees should be meaningful and work hard to ensure they are. I am out in the community working with people having trouble dealing with city hall. I am not afraid to ask the tough questions on policies of the city.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Generally, yes, however I believe there is always room for improvement. I voted against the budget for the last two years because I believe the current process is too superficial and lacks an in-depth review of spending.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Control over the rapid expansion of Moody Centre as the Evergreen Line materializes. We have to work quickly with residents and businesses to create a vision of how we want the area to develop. We then have to be proactive to see that our vision becomes a reality.

www.gerrynuttall.ca

 

LOLA ODUWOLE

Age: 49

Years in Port Moody: 2.5

Occupation: co-owner of an electrical equipment sales and service company

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Director Street Beat Ministries, volunteer World Vision, Vancouver Symphony, member www.volweb.ca, among others.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I bring a fresh, new and different perspective to our local government. A longtime Tri-Cities resident and active volunteer, I know and understand my community inside out.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Port Moody is a great place to live and so I would say in terms of amenities, public safety, liveability — yes. Port Moody boasts a very high standard of care for its residents. Can we raise that standard even more? Yes.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

No, I am not in favour of cutting services and staff to keep taxes low. Another series of problems is created when we have out-of-work residents. What we need to do is to find alternate and additional revenue streams, rather than continually raise residential taxes.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The resulting negative impact of the Evergreen Line, the traffic congestion, the migration of transients, the possible escalation of drugs and/or crime in our community. My position is that city council become a pro-active council rather than a reactive one. We must put provisions in place to deal with negative and positive issues before they arise.

www.lolaoduwole.ca

 

NANCY OWENS

Age: 38

Years in Port Moody: 38

Occupation: part-time at the RCMP

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Environmental Protection Committee, Belcarra Summer Camp, PoMo Soccer Club, Shoreline Clean-Up ,Variety Club.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I bring with me the unique perspective of a lifelong Port Moody resident who is currently raising my family here. As well, I bring with me a proven level of commitment to the community. Even though I do have a busy, young family, I make community involvement a priority. I am a regular at council meetings.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

For the most part, yes, Port Moody is a safe, clean, beautiful and well-serviced community. Nobody wants taxes to go up more so I am committed to slowing down the rate of increase.

Are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I am not in favour of cutting staff or services. However, I am definitely in support of looking at any major inefficiencies that may exist within the city. If there are opportunities to save significant money within the city, without compromising services, I think it would be fiscally irresponsible not to investigate such opportunities. I am not in favour of cuts to emergency services.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Traffic congestion and escalating taxes, both of which detract from the general quality of life. I would bring with me an awareness of the current issues and a commitment to finding the best solutions.

www.nancyowens.ca

 

SYLVIA RICHARDSON

Age: 43

Years in Port Moody: 11

Occupation: library assistant

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Did not answer.

Who is funding your campaign?

Personal funds and community support.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I bring the experience working with community building efforts on a local and international level. As an academic and a community minded educator, I bring an informed perspective on the economy, education, arts and the environment.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I think Port Moody is a great community with adequate public core services. I will ensure that core public services continue to be funded and staffed, such as the fire department.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

No. Services are essential to maintain quality of life in Port Moody, to safeguard the safety of our citizens, business and safety of the workers. This is a complex task and it will require collaboration of all stakeholders.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Our community has grown and we must be vigilant that public core services are maintained. We also must find ways to encourage local merchants to stay and bring economic opportunities through creative initiatives.

www.sylviarichardson.com

 

ZOË ROYER

Age: 45

Years in Port Moody: 7

Occupation: health administrator

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Volunteered with the Tri-Cities Cold/Wet Weather Mat shelter program, hosted fundraising events for the Port Moody Arts Centre and Crossroads Hospice; director, Golden Spike Days Society; Golden Spike Days Society.

Who is funding your campaign?

To date, self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I bring strong business skills and sincere concern for people and their issues. I also know what it takes to make payroll and run a successful business. Having experienced the hardships of being a single mother struggling to make ends meet, I know that what keeps families going during hard times is affordable access to services such as recreation and a library.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

I believe Port Moody residents are getting better value for tax dollars than most Lower Mainland cities. We could do better by collaborating more closely with our neighbours, TransLink and other levels of government.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I believe we need to maintain quality services, develop partnerships with community groups and keep tax increases near the rate of inflation.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The greatest threat to Port Moody is what SkyTrain construction did to Cambie Street businesses. Some well-established businesses did not survive what was supposed to be good for them. We can’t let that happen here.

www.zoeroyer.ca

 

ROSEMARY SMALL

Age: 63

Years in Port Moody: 21

Occupation: payroll manager for Douglas College.

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Economic Development Committee 2008-2010, president of the Barnet Lions’ Club, volunteered for Golden Spike Days, Hike for Hospice, Shoreline Clean Up, etc.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

After 35 years in management, I have the leadership skills and have taken an active interest in civic politics. I am in touch with what Port Moody residents want and need. I’m accountable, honest and hard working. I am passionate about Port Moody. I want an opportunity to be your voice on council.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

No, operating expenses in Port Moody continue to grow at an unsustainable rate. I believe our city should commit to spending limitations. Residents are telling me, and I believe, it is time to reduce city spending.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

Port Moody should take a close look at the city’s expenditures and work with staff to find a way to reduce costs.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The most important issue, I feel, is that the city lacks a sustainable business plan. We need to plan for our future, encourage business not only to stay but to relocate to Port Moody. Our city’s tax base has steadily decreased while the homeowners’ taxes have significantly increased. A solid business plan would address this problem.

www.rosemarysmall.ca

 

ROBERT VAGRAMOV

Age: 19

Years in Port Moody: 11

Occupation: Mac-specialized IT consultant

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Produced the OneLove Show, an annual local charity youth show held at the Inlet Theatre, raising money for various charities.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-funded plus contributions by my friends, family and a few residents of the city. CUPE has been generous enough to provide me with some financial contributions as well.

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

My realistic approach to problems is how I see myself different from a lot of the other candidates. I know growth is a reality and it is going to happen whether we want it or not. Instead of opposing the inevitable, I want to manage the growth to make it a positive.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

The past few councils have been working through some very difficult times with increasing costs and a steady tax income but they’ve managed to keep the tax value reasonable. Certain expenditures of the budget should be looked at.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

My approach is to combine several such ideas and tweak them until a fully implementable solution emerges. Alternate sources of revenue should be explored before laying off workers, limiting services or raising taxes.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Growth. Manage development to enhance liveability and sustainability

www.robertvagramov.ca

 

JULIE WHITWORTH

Age: 36

Years in Port Moody: 10

Occupation: mother of two children

What civic committee and community volunteer work have you done?

Did not answer.

Who is funding your campaign?

Self-financed

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am optimistic, approachable and the last name on the ballot.

Are Port Moody residents getting good value for their tax dollars?

Generally, yes. We have amazing recreational facilities and services, as well as police and fire departments that provide first-class public safety. It is imperative that pending projects and services be executed diligently, using tax dollars wisely.

When it comes to budgeting, are you more likely to support cutting services and staff in favour of keeping taxes low?

I believe we can have great staff and services while also protecting taxpayers.

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Protecting our quality of life. Port Moody has grown significantly and we are facing many challenges in keeping up with the growth. Preparing for the Evergreen Line and preserving our parks and heritage are critical in the coming years.

www.juliewhitworth.ca

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