Council candidate: Graeme Richards, District of Port Hardy

District of Port Hardy: Richards, Graeme — council candidate

  • Nov. 5, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards

I am running for town council, quite simply, because I love living here. I believe I am in a position to provide strong, sound and reasoned leadership. If elected, I will utilize my councillor position to influence the transparency of the District’s finances, and recreational opportunities for our community.

For the past four seasons, I have had the privilege of being the President of Port Hardy Minor Hockey. The club provides much-needed revenue to our community yearly with our successful, volunteer-driven hockey tournaments. Port Hardy will be hosting the Bantam Tier 3 Provincial Championship in March, and our community will be hosting over 250 guests!

 

My personal experiences will influence positive changes, as I have been an active volunteer throughout my life, and our community. As an employee for Telus, a councillor position will allow me to talk connectivity concerns on the North Island. I am part owner of two small businesses in town and I understand and appreciate the challenges businesses face.

Currently, the District does not have transparency of its finances and I believe financial information should be available to the community members. Fiscal responsibility will ensure taxpayers’ money is utilized properly. I believe another issue facing the District is the need for more recreational opportunities for our youth. There is a direct correlation between organized sports participation and vandalism when teenagers do not have recreational opportunities.

I am capable, honest and fair and would be honoured to be a Councillor for the District of Port Hardy.