Mayor candidate: John Allen running for mayor in Harrison Hot Springs

Village of Harrison Hot Springs: Allen, John - Mayor Candidate

  • Thu Oct 16th, 2014 2:00pm
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My name is John James Allen.

I have lived in Harrison since moving from my farm in Chilliwack in 1976. During that 38 years, I have served four terms as mayor and several more as councillor. I’m proud to have made a difference to my village by bringing people together around new projects and interests. The projects include the current Village Office which I saved from demolition, the Ranger station which now houses the art gallery and yacht club, the many foot paths and trails, the parks, and many trees. I was instrumental in starting the Chamber of Commerce, Arts festival, Yacht Club, tennis club, Rotary Club, historical society and windsurfing society. I have extensive business experience in banking, retail and tourism sectors and carry a professional designation in tourism management. I have also led many large organisations and served as a parliamentarian on occasion. I attend most council meetings and am up to speed on current issues facing the community. I am currently campaigning for Harrison’s future parkland, Sasquatch provincial park and the Bear Mountain Forest Service Road. I would like to see the Miama River restored to being a clean, healthy river.

My wife and I own and operate the Harrison Country Club, an RV resort in downtown Harrison. I live across from the Village Office which allows me to attend most council meetings and keep a close eye on the public’s business. I volunteer for and support most village activities and keep fit with daily tennis in summer and badminton, table tennis and skiing in winter. I own and operate a small fleet of boats and heavy equipment. I am a strong defender of the democratic system of government. I am horrified when local government does not play by the rules. I know the law and I have the guts to enforce it. We cannot have our soldiers dying for democracy abroad if we are not respecting the rules of democracy at home. That makes a mockery of their sacrifice. Municipal government is the grass roots and foundation of our democracy and needs to be kept impeccably clean in handling the public’s business.

Harrison needs a big dose of enthusiasm, applied intelligence and strong, capable, principled leadership. I can provide that. Please vote for me on Nov 15th so that I can get to work for you. Thank You.