WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?
Chilliwack's First Lady of Politics, Sharon Gaetz, announces she's going to run for her third term
Current Chilliwack mayor says her style of governance crosses all political party distinctions.
urrent Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz comes with plenty of pizzazz, poise and protocol, but it's her credentials and track record that speak for themselves. This will resonate with voters in the municipal elections October 20. After two terms in office, today she made it official that she intends to dedicate another chunk of her life to the community.
"I am grateful to the people in our community who believe in a strong and vibrant city and continue to elect me to lead the way,” Gaetz said in a release Wednesday. "I believe in planning ahead and our ten-year Comprehensive Municipal Plan has ensured that we enjoy first class amenities while maintaining the lowest residential and business taxes in the Lower Mainland. Our City has debt-free and is the envy of many municipalities. I will continue to work hard to keep it that way."
Gaetz indicates she governs as a non-partisan mayor.
"I have ensured that our voice is respected and heard across all party lines. Mayors and Councillors from around BC continue to elect me to the Union of BC Municipalities executive to represent local government issues to the Province."
She remains undaunted admitting the next four years will be "exciting" and "challenging."
"I have been a strong and persistent leader in moving our city toward revitalization of our downtown and our collective vision is about to become reality starting in early 2019."
Gaetz lays a wreath at the downtown cenotaph in 2017.
She explains the onus is on the provincial government regarding homelessness, but nevertheless the City will continue try to alleviate stress on the community.
"I have successfully advocated for support and shelter for the homeless and we have secured not only shelter and support, but brand new housing."
"As my leadership has demonstrated, I am fiscally conservative with a strong social conscience,” Gaetz continued.
On the issue of a safer community and will push for more support for first responders.
"Public safety is a strong priority in our City. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their homes and on our streets. I have listened to our citizens’ concerns and we have added 15 officers to our police force in the past two years and I will continue to ask council to support additional police and fire protection."
"People tell me that they love the small-town feel of our community and that we live moments away from mountains, rivers, lakes and trails. Most residents prefer to work right here in Chilliwack—the community in which they live and play," said Gaetz of Chilliwack.
Gaetz insists there's no time to waste in looking to build on the city's economic structure such as with Molsons Brewery and Berryhill.
"This is not the time to rest on our laurels. We must continue to actively seek out industry to achieve successes to ensure jobs for our citizens and provide them with an excellent quality of life."
Gaetz says she's proud and honoured with her achievements as mayor.
"I have integrity and experience and am looking forward to leading our City for another four years,” concluded Gaetz.
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