Candidates in the Sept. 30 Kamloops civic by-election are invited to make submissions to ArmchairMayor.ca on their platforms, biographical information, contact information or specific issues. Please keep them to 550 words or less. The following is from candidate for councillor Jeanne Marr:
I believe that no one knows a city better than the people who reside there. The residents of Kamloops have always had a strong and diverse voice and I want to listen to that voice and carry it forward.
I am running for City council because I am proud to be from Kamloops and I believe my fellow local citizens are as well. I want to give back by bringing forward the public’s issues. I believe in our democratic system and I believe in transparency.
A councillor has a duty to represent the public to the best of their ability and to proactively communicate with them about relevant issues. Serving as a City councillor is a privilege and it must always be remembered that we serve the public and are ultimately directed by the public.
This can never be taken for granted. I believe the current council has been working diligently on all fronts, I commend them for it and it is my desire to join them in their efforts to make Kamloops a better place to live and work.
I want to focus on developing more jobs in technology without compromising our industrial jobs, which are the bedrock of our city. We have a world-class university and we want to retain these students in Kamloops by providing more diverse job opportunities so they can work to their full potential.
Additionally, we can support our students by fostering mentorship programs within our community. It is important to work to attract others by creating a liveable city by creating more density, increased walkable neighbourhoods, expanded transit, and more cultural and shopping opportunities.
Small business, combined, makes up Kamloops’ largest employer. We need to support these businesses to ensure they can sustain themselves and grow. Businesses can thrive with ample foot traffic, accessible transit, and parking availability.
We live in a city that I am proud to call home; one that thrives and cares for its residents. As a city of approximately 90,000 people and growing, I want to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent efficiently and responsibly.
I look forward to addressing some serious issues that we, as a city, can improve on. I am hopeful because I know that we can make this city a better place to live for all of us, whether you moved to Kamloops recently, or whether you have lived here all your life.