September 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - The former student union president of Thompson Rivers University has tossed his hat in the ring this week in the hopes of adding a more youthful presence to the city council table.
Dustin McIntyre recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and works as a community support worker for adults with special needs. He believes his connection with the community — he also volunteers with several community groups — will help him better represent the people of Kamloops.
“Too many residents feel ignored and want their voices to be heard,” McIntyre says. “I understand that listening and involving others to the greatest degree possible produces the best results.”
He also notes while he supports mining, the lack of a full panel review for the proposed Ajax Mine, combined with how close the project is set to be to Kamloops, he feels the mine is a poor fit for the city right now.
“I support an approach to development that respects our city’s history and balances our need for a strong economy with family-supporting jobs with an environment that sustains our health,” he says.
McIntyre says his approach to decision-making requires that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to be involved, that the process is transparent, and that those who make decisions are accountable for the results.
In announcing his intent to run for one of eight council seats this November, McIntyre joins all of the current council and Bob Dieno, Dieter Dudy, Annette Glover, Mike O’Reilly, Peter Kerek and Andrew Miller. So far only Mr. Open Pitbelly, the performance activist art of local Elaine Sedgman, has stepped up to challenge Mayor Peter Milobar for his seat.
Nomination papers are currently available online and at City Hall and candidates must file those papers between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10. Elections will take place Nov. 15 for one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees for Kamloops.
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