Coun. Andy Adams will run for e-election in the Nov.19 civic election.
Adams, who has served as councillor for six years, said although the past term was tough he looks forward to continuing the work he has already put in.
“The past three years have been extremely challenging as we try to balance the changing fiscal realities of Campbell River with the demand for services,” Adams said. “The challenge will continue and I am seeking re-election to ensure that stability, leadership and experience are present to guide the city as we move forward. While on council, Adams said he has taken the city’s financial position seriously and has questioned the way the city has dealt with its finances.
“Over the past two years I have consistently expressed concern with the financial plans, in particular the excessive draws on reserves and reliance on surpluses as it is simply not sustainable,” Adams said. “We must find a way to operate within our existing resources and maximize funding partners to lessen the burden on the local taxpayers.” Adams would also like to see the Robron Park upgrades move forward as well as other development to create much needed local jobs.
“The completion of the Robron Park Plan with the artificial turf field is priority for me. I have been the driving force in getting the plans completed and funding set aside for provincial and federal partners to match resources,” Adams said. “I have consistently supported development as this not only creates jobs but increases the city’s tax base which increases revenues to offset the shift from major industry and supports the delivery of city services. We need to be creative, we need to be innovative, and we need to do a better job of being welcoming.” While on council, Adams said he advocated for downtown revitalization and development. “Implementation of the downtown re-zoning, downtown tax exemptions, beautification and downtown maintenance and security have improved the environment for investors to look to Campbell River,” Adams said. “We can continue to make the improvements and incentives to make Campbell River the choice to invest. Collaboration with the Heart of the City BIA, Pier Street Association and now the Campbellton group will be essential in making this happen.” Adams also admits there needs to be better communication between the city and the community as well as with First Nations.
“I would like to thank all of those that have encouraged me to continue on Council. I am humbled, grateful, and appreciative of the opportunity,”