By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Sept.2, 2014
Mayor Rob Kirkham annouced he will seek re-election in the next council elections slated for Nov. 15.
“I am asking for your support to re‐elect me for another term.” he said.
“It has been an honour and a privilege for me to serve this amazing community for the past three years as your Mayor and I am asking for your support to re‐elect me for another term,” he said in a statement released to the media today.
Kirkham said the council has transformed the downtown with a new waterfront park and rejuvenated Stan Clarke Park as a venue for
events, festivals & celebrations while embracing tourism initiatives such as the Sea to Sky Gondola and Squamish Valley Music Festival.
“We have partnered with community groups such as SORCA with dedicated funding for trails maintenance and the mountain bike skills park. We have also collaborated with the Squamish Soccer Association to deliver the new all‐weather fields,” he said.
Kirkham said as promised three years ago, the district has a commitment with an experienced land developer to deliver the
community’s vision of the Squamish Oceanfront Lands to remove the fiscal burden from the Squamish taxpayers.
“We have also been able to expand our bike lane infrastructure, improve and expand
transit, and provide additional flood protection,” he added.
Kirkham said a strengthened financial position, tax incentives and a streamlined municipal process to attract new business and creating more local jobs were some of the advances that district made under his leadership.
“Squamish is poised to continue this momentum with the current leadership and fiscal responsibility in place,” he added.
Kirkham will face Ron Bahm in the mayoral race.
Coun. Bryan Raiser has also announced he will seek re-election to Squamish council in November. If elected, it would be his third term in council.
“Looking back at the Squamish when I was first elected to the Squamish of today is nothing short of astounding,” he said.
“The transition we waited over a decade for is upon us and I would be honored if the people of Squamish choose me to continue to represent them in the council chambers.”
Susan Chapelle and Rob Weys are other locals who have declared their candidacy for municipal elections slated for Nov. 15.