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My Decision to Run for Saanich Council
Why I'm Running: Issues
District of Saanich, July 6, 2022 – Rishi Sharma, advocate, long-time resident of the District of Saanich, current board director with MinervaBC women’s leadership advocacy association, certified trainer for the BC Lions Be More Than A Bystander program, former Director with the Gordon Head Residents Association, member with Fix Ash Road Now road safety group, former business owner, 21 year BC public servant, husband and father of three young children is declaring his intention to seek a council seat in the October 15, 2022 Saanich municipal election.
“I’ve had the pleasure of living in Saanich for close to 45 years and I’m hoping to have an opportunity to be part of a collaborative, consensus-building council that is ready to actively listen and advocate for better, more affordable services for our residents.”
Sharma believes it’s time to focus on economic development in Saanich to generate more revenue for services and supports for residents without having to continue to raise taxes and fees.
“I would welcome the opportunity to discuss a Destination Saanich initiative. Now is the time to implement a progressive, people-centred approach to economic growth and development so residents in Saanich can enjoy affordable living, improved amenities and programs, while keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.”
If elected, one of the first deliverables for Sharma would be a public forum focusing on the built environment with the goal to create a new vision and mission for economic growth while listening to recommendations for action from the public, developers, business owners, local resident associations, and other interested groups.
“Through partnerships, active listening, and respectful discussions, I’m sure we can reach a consensus on responsible development and people-centred economic growth, and help residents and the district with more affordable housing, increased sports, arts and recreation amenities, with more daycare and seniors programs.”
Sharma also believes Federal and Provincial government partners need to play a role in the community’s success and commits to sharing his over 20 years of experience in public service, and his leadership education to help navigate through the long and onerous legislative processes.
“It's your tax dollars that support Federal and Provincial governments investments. They need to invest in the services people count on and I intend to increase the communication links between all levels of government to ensure more of that investment returns to the people of Saanich.”
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