Occupation: business consultant
Coquitlam resident for: 30 years
Campaign funding: self-funded plus donations
Previous community service: basketball and rugby coach, volunteer for the Canucks For Kids Fund, strata council president for five years, volunteer in federal and provincial elections
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
How to address housing affordability while still respecting current residents and neighbourhoods. Our current development plan is not meeting the diverse housing needs of residents.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
Preserve more of our existing affordable housing instead of tearing it all down to build new expensive condos. Change to a balanced development plan to meet the diverse housing needs of our community. That means: more three-bedroom townhouses for families; more dedicated buildings for renters; more affordable housing units.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
Slow down the rapid pace of development to respect current residents and neighbourhoods. Change to the balanced development plan I have outlined to meet our diverse housing needs. Protect our existing single-family neighbourhoods from all being rezoned and changed forever. Work to keep city spending reasonable and sustainable.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Stop rezoning industrial and commercial land into residential usage. Require new developments to include ample retail and commercial space for businesses. Ensure city hall is reasonable and fast when it comes to new business licenses and business regulations. Ensure Coquitlam taxes on businesses are competitive with other cities’.