2022 Election Candidates
With two candidates for Mayor, 14 for Council and three for Regional District Area A Director, it is going to be an exciting election season. We asked all candidates the same four questions in an effort to provide a fair opportunity to share their views and provide voters with one location to review these perspectives. It is important to recognize that this is but a snapshot – take the time to learn more about each candidate and consider attending the All Candidates Forum, October 4 at the Fernie Community Centre, in person or virtually. Presented by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, candidates will be presented with a few pre-submitted questions and there will also be an open-mic portion for the audience to ask questions that haven’t been discussed.
Thank you to those who have put their names forward to represent the best interests of our residents.
2. Housing, childcare and insulating our community from the impact of climate related weather events. We must invest in infrastructure to mitigate those threats and continue to make sure Fernie stays a vibrant place to live now and into the future.
3. We need to adopt a regional growth strategy, so that investment in our region will promote and enhance the long-term livability of the region, and ensure that as we develop, we are discussing patterns, transportation, and sustainability.
4. Engage Council, read the reports, and use our Let’s Talk Fernie page. In four years of being the mayor, I have never answered the phone to - I heard on Facebook you were going to do this - and it be true.
Tracey Audia Kelly
2. We have critical infrastructure issues which will impact our quality of life, our ability to find solutions to issues such as affordability and sustainability and impair our ability to function and develop.
3, Most people I’ve talked to would like Fernie to remain a great tourist destination, but also to support the people who service it. More attention should be paid to local residents and the services they require, such as childcare, long-term care and healthcare.
4. The community and elected officials can support each other through engagement and open lines of communication. Together, we can achieve all our goals through robust debate and cooperation.
Candidates for the offices of Electoral Area A Director
1. I believe with my previous council experience I have a fair understanding of the political workings required at the table and the skill set necessary to contribute positively for the residents of area A.
2. From the canvassing I’ve done to date the most prevalent concern voiced has been my position on sub dividing of the identified ALR farming properties.
3. Transparency on all initiatives undertaken that effect the respective residents of the regional areas.
4. Make your concerns known early and often to your respective representative and follow it up by attending the specific meeting that that concern is presented.
1. I’m running to give back and continue building our community while ensuring the Elk Valley’s rural character and lifestyle is retained. It’s vital to protect our natural assets for the next generation while supporting smart and balanced growth.
2. The main concern is protecting our rural lifestyle while ensuring access to services. We need a leader who works cooperatively with all stakeholders in the region while maintaining Area A’s independence.
3. We need to achieve sustainable growth that keeps taxes affordable while preserving quality health care and education. We also need to increase fire and flood protection.
4. I’ve learned that open communication is key to building trust and healthy communities. We must work together, listen to each other, and be open to change. If elected, I’ll maintain an open-door policy to ensure concerns are heard.
1.There is a pressing need for courageous leadership that genuinely represents communities in the Elk Valley. After 40 years in the region, I have the energy and experience working with government, industry, and community to dedicate to this demanding job.
2. The rich Elk Valley lifestyle that we enjoy is being threatened. To address our pressing issues we need: an effective voice with all levels of government; a cohesive long-term regional vision to guide planning; healthy habitat where wildlife and people coexist; and maintaining recreational access.
3. A collaborative, regional plan integrating Area A with municipalities to address Elk Valley wide issues like affordable housing and the demand for an evolution in land use. I'd like to empower people who want to get involved and be heard in the decision-making process.
4. Employ respectful communication and get involved. Propose innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face. Understand the responsibilities of the RDEK and the tools available by local government to chart a better future for generations to come.