Perry Slump wants to bring some heat to bear on current Regional District of Fraser Fort George Director Bob Headrick.
“I’ve had three local fire chiefs or deputy chiefs ask me to run,” Slump says of his decision to take on Headrick again in Electoral Area D (Tabor Lake-Stone Creek). “They’re not happy with the way things are run.”
Slump, a regional director for Service BC, was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. He says the funding for the departments is adequate, but, “the current problem is the way decisions are made about funding. It’s Bob’s way or the highway.
“They have to use the money they’ve got to the best advantage, and that isn’t being done.”
He says the input of the local fire chiefs and departments is being ignored.
Slump ran against Headrick in the 2005 election. He says one thing he wants to do this time around is get people more involved.
“There seems to be a lack of general knowledge out there about what happens at the regional district. In the last election, only a couple of hundred people voted in our area.”
Slump says the current economic situation on the regional district has good and bad sides.
“I believe there are a lot of great opportunities coming to this area. We, as a district, have to leverage the airport expansion the CN expansion to work for us.”
He also wants to see more support for seniors in the district, as well as more done to plan for sustainable food and water sources.
If elected, Slump says he will do more to keep the people of the district up-to-date on what’s happening.
“They can phone or use a website to make their concerns known, and I also plan to use focus groups in the area for major issues to find out what’s best for the people there.”
He wants the people of the electoral area to be involved on election day, Nov. 15, and afterwards.
“Together we can build a community we can all be proud to call home.”