Former councillor seeks return
A former City of Terrace councillor wants to return in a bid for what would be a fourth term on council.
Marylin Davies served seven years as a Terrace city councillor from 2001 to 2008 before being defeated.
She was one of the city's appointees to the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine for five of those seven years and she also sat on the regional hospital district board for five years.
Davies says this experience prepares her to make major contributions in council during a time when Terrace is on the horizon of many changes.
Dreaming big is important, she said, but it's important to take care of incremental practicalities first as you work towards a prize.
This is especially true for the city where so many community interests vie for limited money, she said, noting first priority should go to basic services like infrastructure, policing and the like.
In line with her nuts and bolts approach, Davies said Terrace needs to focus on providing these kinds of services to major industry in and coming to the area.
“We need to be the best service centre anybody can have because we're capable of doing that right now,” she said, saying that proactively finding these needs will be key to economic development.
Terrace also needs to be ready to receive too, she said. This means keeping our doors open later, welcoming newcomers, and getting a hospital trauma centre to accommodate growing industry.
Ultimately, Davies said her key points this election are taking a common sense approach and emphasizing a need for better public communication on behalf of city councillors.
“There's not enough input from council in the communication department,” she said. “It's the responsibility of each councillor and mayor.”