I am Zoltan Kiss and I am running for Mayor in Harrison Hot Springs.
My wife and I had often visited this beautiful village in the 1980's We have two grown children and five wonderful grandchildren. In the past, I was employed as a television news photographer. After moving to British Columbia, I was involved in the film industry, and owned and operated an audio-visual business. We took a semi-retirement, and moved to the Village in 1998 as full time residents, where we have enjoyed a simpler lifestyle.
It was seven years before I became interested in local politics. I frequently attended Council Meetings, and over the years, I observed a variety of leadership styles. I served on the Advisory Planning Commission working on the final draft of the Official Community Plan, and resigned after becoming employed as a part-time surveyor's assistant. I also served on the Neighbourhood Study #2 Committee. I volunteered with Search and Rescue to videotape their efforts for a program on the Knowledge Network, and resigned when I was encouraged to run for Council.
For the past three years, I have served as Councillor for the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, sitting on a variety of committees. My experience on Council has been very rewarding, extremely enlightening, and sometimes quite frustrating. I've tried very hard to fulfill my mandate for our rights and freedoms, advocating Council to properly adhere to all the rules, and to be open and honest. It has not been an easy task, but I am still strongly committed to these values and believe we need a "Change in Leadership Style".
This is my reason for seeking your vote as Mayor.
We must have an Open Public Question Period where your questions are heard and answered. We must have a Council empowered by the Mayor to freely debate issues without penalties. We must have a Parks and Recreation Committee to create a Master Plan for parks and trails and to investigate and follow-up on negotiations for the East Sector Park.
We must have an Economic Committee of business owners and residents to explore how to make Harrison Hot Springs a Year Round Destination to increase tourism and revenue. We must have a Financial Committee to find ways of lowering expenditures so we can reduce the tax burden on business and residents. Let's start living within our means.
To bring back good government AND have your voices heard, please choose a "Change in Leadership Style", and elect me as your Mayor. I will protect your rights to see, hear and be heard.
Zoltan T. Kiss