So I'm in. All year I've been saying no. And for some good reasons. 2013 was a tough year with some major health changes and re-evaluation of life priorities. I've lost about 50lbs since my last campaign photo (we need to fix that). In addition to my IT work I've gotten more heavily into writing, both non-fiction (columns in the Squamish Reporter) and fiction (I am currently competing in a contest put on by NYCMidnight.com). I love my family and am not really keen on giving up time with them. So I'm okay with missing out on a seat again.

    But.

    2014 is important.

    And no, it's not all about... you know... that one issue. Don't know what I'm talking about? WLNG.

    Take a look at our recent Vital Signs Report. You see lots of good stuff in there. I was particularly impressed with the level of post secondary education among aboriginals. Our local environment indicators are excellent. But then a few pages in you see what I've been seeing out in the community for years -- a widening income gap, escalating housing costs, declining opportunities. We need to fix that. We've needed to fix that for almost a decade. Rec-Tec may provide part of the answer, but only part.

    If you want to know why I support WLNG, it's because I support working families. I support them because I'm one of them. My famous 'fruit cup' reference actually could apply to any of a dozen plus families I know, including my own. My wife and I once sat in that very situation -- end of the month, no rent money, cupboards almost empty. *Nobody* should have to be in that situation. Once you've experienced that, you never forget it. You never forget that fear. I will whatever it takes to help others avoid those situations. I will not support turning Howe Sound into Mordor II, but I will support limited, non-destructive industry to provide taxes and opportunities for the community. No apologies.

    We have thousands who commute near and far. We have others struggling with low wage, insecure jobs because that's all they can find. We have small businesses retrenching to the home or not leaving it in the first place because our taxes and cost structure make it uneconomic. That's a loss to everyone.

    So yeah, I'm supporting WLNG. I'm supporting local families. I still support affordable housing. I still support keeping our most vulnerable out of the streets. This year, I'm all about competent, consistent government that acts without friend or favour and abides by its own policies. I am not a hard edged ideologue. I listen, I take in all the information I can, and I make the best decision I can. I know I can't make some of you love WLNG, but I hope you still love the other things I do, and will consider mutual goals I could help work towards in Council in the next four years. This election, this community, is too important to be about one issue.

    Brad
     


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