My name is Jack van Dongen and I would like to be your voice at the council table for the District of Kent. My wife Ellie and I moved to Kent a few years ago and love the community and the surrounding area. We hike up the beautiful mountains and kayak the surrounding lakes on a regular basis. I believe we have moved into a little piece of heaven.
I have an agricultural background and currently I am employed by CanWest DH. Ellie works at Agassiz Christian School. Together we also own a small retail business in Chilliwack were I have also been a director with the Chamber of Commerce.
I feel the number one reason I am running for public office is that the council needs to show fiscal responsibility with the taxpayer’s money. There have been too many occasions with the current council where they have not respected how they spend your hard earned dollars.
The District Hall needs to give small business owners the opportunity to be successful in our community. Whether it’s cutting the red tape or providing adequate customer parking space, I will listen to your needs.
There are always difficulties that come with rural communities where town people and farmers are located in close proximity. Having been a farmer myself I have been on both sides of the fence. I feel that I can have an unbiased position to find harmony for everyone involved.
Even though it is considered a Provincial issue I feel that some crosswalks in Agassiz are unsafe. As a Councillor I will speak up before there is another serious injury or death at our crosswalks.
Whether you live in Kilby, Harrison Heights, Rockwell Drive, Seabird Island, Ruby Creek, or Agassiz, I will listen to the concerns of all the residents of Kent.
I will provide strong leadership and will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the council table.