REGIONAL district candidate Glenn Martin says he’ll focus on jobs.
Martin is running for the Electoral Area C seat of the Kitimat-Stikine regional district which takes in the rural area surrounding Kitimat, Lakelse Lake and north of Terrace to Rosswood.
He hadn’t planned to run but said Donny van Dyk and Carol Fielding, both of whom are in the local provincial Liberal constituency association as is he, told him to put his name in.
Martin wants to work with businesses to create jobs here.
“I’ve done a lot already behind the scenes that people don’t know about,” he said, adding he had discussed the electrical line up Hwy 37 with former premier Gordon Campbell and suggested the idea of a railroad from the Yukon down to Terrace, to Kitimat and to Prince Rupert.
Martin has been living here for 15 years and right now is working installing satellite systems for Galaxy Broadband as well as being retired.
He would have more time to devote to being a regional district director as he wouldn’t be tied up with a job for eight hours a day, five days a week.
“I’m really up on business development in the area of whatever kind and a lot of people in Terrace, believe it or not, don’t want development here. It’s always a fight it seems,” said Martin, adding people want tourism, hunting, fishing and hydroelectric projects but nothing else.
Friends of his moved to Fort St. John after not being able to find a job here.
The city has the potential to grow as big as Kamloops, he said.
Martin ran unsuccessfully against Ted Ramsey for the regional district Thornhill seat in 2008.