CIVIC ELECTION 2014 — A Thompson Rivers University grad says he’ll bring a more youthful approach to municipal politics.
Dustin McIntyre said he’ll announce his candidacy for Kamloops City council in a media conference in front of City Hall this afternoon (Thursday).
“Having just graduated from Thompson Rivers University and with my experience working with young Kamloopsians, I will bring a fresh and energetic approach to the work done by city council,” said McIntyre. “My sense is that residents are ready for a more dynamic and involved Council.”
McIntyre has a Bachelor of Arts degree from TRU and is employed as a community support worker assisting adults with special needs.
“At TRU I was elected to serve students as both vice-president and president of the student union so I understand that listening and involving others to the greatest degree possible produces the best results” said McIntyre. “Too many residents feel ignored and want their voices to be heard in the decisions Council makes.”
McIntyre is volunteers with the TRU Wolfpack sports teams, the Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Volleyball Association, and the Kamloops Dragon Boat club.
“Kamloops seems to function best when we make small incremental changes as we build on our past successes, and work toward a shared vision for the city,” said McIntyre. “I support an approach to development that respects our city’s history and balances our need for a strong economy with family supporting jobs with an environment that sustains our health.”
McIntyre said his approach to decision-making requires that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to be involved, that the process is transparent, and that those who make decisions are accountable for the results.
“The kerfuffle over the proposed Ajax mine and the confused review process has pitted resident against resident unnecessarily,” he said. “I fully support mining and other resource-based industries, however the lack of a full panel review of the project by the federal government and the mine’s proximity to Kamloops make Ajax a poor fit for this city at this time.”
“I will be a youthful and dynamic councillor and bring a new generation of leadership to the City of Kamloops” said McIntyre.
The civic election is Saturday, Nov. 15.