SMITHERS MUNICIPAL BYELECTION: Joe Bramsleven

Smithers mayoral candidate makes his opening pitch for your vote

The Interior News gave all the candidates in the upcoming Smithers municipal byelection an opportunity to provide 500 words about their candidacy.

What they wrote was entirely up to them, although we did suggest they include some biographical information, why they wanted to run, what they thought the most important issue is or issues are and what they wanted to do about it/them.

I would like to start by saying it is nice to see that we have a good group of people who have stepped up to run in the byelection.

It is always easy to sit back and criticize our local elected officials, but we need to recognize the personal sacrifices that they go through for our community.

I may not have always agreed with what council has done, but I do respect the commitment they have shown to the Town.

I decided to enter the race to make sure the voters of Smithers had a choice when they go to the polls.

I think that it is important that people have a choice. I have no political experience, but I do have passion and commitment to this town and will always strive to do my best.

I am a small businessman who has operated my company here for 10 years and has seen the ups and downs of our great town. We have many things that the town still needs to work on and I look forward to participating in that work.

COMPLETE MUNICIPAL BYELECTION COVERAGE

Infrastructure is very important to me.

Whether it is sidewalks, water system, paving or parking lots to name a few, we need to make sure that these types of projects are the best bang for our buck.

When I look around town I see things that need to be dealt with, but we need to have the funds to deal with these items. Yes, the town has had grants over the years to help fund some of these projects and they have helped for sure.

But we need to work on improving our tax base in the town of Smithers.

We need some industry in town to help increase the tax revenue we generate to help fund these items.

In the last 20 years, the only industry that I can recall was the reopening of Newpro and the recent conversion to a pellet plant.

This was great for our town to provide some lost jobs, but these were lost jobs not new jobs. We need something new to provide a decent living wage for families here in town.

I also feel that in order to help with our growth we need to really take a look at some of the bylaws that we have and come up with some common sense in how we approach them.

While we all love our town, we are not a large metropolis that has a large tax base.

We need to make sure our bylaws work for as many of our residents and businesses as possible.

I don’t know what the solution is for this, but I sure want to work towards this.

We need to make sure we can secure dependable air transportation as a priority in order to help with looking for economic growth for Smithers.



editor@interior-news.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Municipal election

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Screen shot of a cabin somewhere in the Bulkley Valley from rare 1955 film footage of the area.
VIDEO: More rare film footage of the Bulkley Valley in 1955

Can you help identify the locations and/or people in these videos

Shea Long roosts in the Shoot Out in the Telkwa Range. (SnoRiders, Houston/Shea Long photo)
Telkwa Range snowmobiling permit lottery opens

Application period is Oct. 20 to Nov. 20 for snowmobiliers and skiers to gain access to Starr Basin

The Dupras family has been regulars at the Babine River and have seen plentiful grizzlies over the years. (Jay Dupras photo/Lakes District News)
A family’s close encounter with a grizzly on Babine River bridge

Photo-enthusiasts let the bear access the bridge for photos putting others at risk

Stikine provincial election candidates (clockwise from top left): Nathan Cullen, NDP; Darcy Repen, Rural BC Party; Rod Taylor, Christian Heritage; and Gordon Sebastian, BC Liberals. (Black Press Composite Photo)
Nathan Cullen, right, looks on as Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader Chief Woos, also known as Frank Alec, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relation, Carolyn Bennett and B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser address the media in Smithers, B.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
10 Gitxsan hereditary chiefs call for BC NDP to remove Cullen as Stikine candidate

Ten Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have called for the firing of NDP candidate… Continue reading

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
British Columbians vote in snap election called during COVID-19 pandemic

At dissolution, the NDP and Liberals were tied with 41 seats in the legislature, while the Greens held two seats

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Most Read