In a Press Release issued Wednesday, long time Area D resident and businesswoman Terry Honig announced her intention to run for Area D Regional Director in the Nov. 15 general election.
A Vancouver Islander by birth, and owner of North Island Insultech Ltd., Honig’s roots in Area D are deep.
“I moved here in 1989 and later started a business that has enjoyed steady growth and today provides employment for a number of local families,” she said. “Throughout those 25 years I have gained an appreciation of the diversity of our many different neighbourhoods. Preserving Area D’s unique country lifestyle for the enjoyment of my children and grandchildren, this is what is most important to me. As the area director, I can play an important role in protecting our rural lifestyle.”
Honig expressed concern over the current economic sagnation that is eroding Area D’s tax base.
“We need controlled growth and well planned upgrading, but it is not happening. I welcome the challenge of ensuring that Area D keeps pace with the current positive economic climate of the region. I fully understand the demographics of our senior population and the need to increase our tax base by attracting more residents, especially young families with children.”
Guided by her many years in business, Honig conveyed her concern about the dramatically rising water rates and aging infrastructure that she is observing in Area D.
“We cannot simply ignore these issues since that will have a huge effect on our tax rates down the road. With my business background I understand how to apply sound management practices and careful planning to ensure that our taxes remain low.”
Honig then turned her attention to the longstanding and unsuccessful northern Area D community sewer saga.
“Although the much promised sewer service died a dramatic death recently, I share with all the affected residents the profound disappointment in its collapse and the sad realization that we have all been led down the garden path on this file. It’s back to square one for all these folks. I certainly do not support joining the City of Campbell River but obviously we need new people with new ideas to pick up the pieces.”
Honig concluded her statement with the commitment to focus her efforts exclusively on Area D.
“I intend to concentrate my time and energy on the issues in my constituency and to listen carefully to the voices in my community. As a team player I intend to work respectfully with our neighbours to resolve outstanding issues. I strongly feel that Area D is now at an important crossroad. We, as a rural community, can no longer afford to drop the ball of progress. Instead, we must move it down the field to achieve the goals and opportunities offered to us. With my proven skills in planning, problem solving and financial management, I am confident that I am the right choice to be the leader of Area D.”