Three Enderby residents are entering the political fray because they want to be more involved in the community.
Roxanne Davyduke, Jim Macknee and Shawn Shishido are among the eight candidates for the six councillor seats Nov. 15.
““I’ve been very fortunate to be part of the community for almost all of my life,” said Davyduke, an account manager with VantageOne.
“Enderby has shaped me into the person I am and it’s time to give back.”
If elected, Davyduke wants to focus on relationships.
“Communicating is one of the best ways to develop a strong relationship whether it is with each individual or with the Splatsin or with neighbouring communities,” she said.
Davyduke also wants to focus on fiscal management.
“We have to make sure we have short-term requirements met and long-term goals. We need to use our tax dollars as effectively as possible,” she said.
Macknee is a carpenter who has lived in Enderby since 1995.
“Enderby has been a great city for my family and I love it here. I thought I can give back in this way,” he said.
“I have no agenda. I just want to help the community.”
Among the issues of interest for Macknee is finding a way to draw more people and businesses into Enderby as a way of stimulating the local economy.
“We have a lot to offer as a community,” he said.
“I would like to see some growth here.”
Shishido is a chiropractor and he has lived in Enderby for 18 years.
“I wanted to try a different aspect of being involved in the community,” said Shishido, who has volunteered as a soccer and football coach.
“I was told by some people that it would be good to have a different perspective on council.”
For Shishido, there needs to be a balance between development and community interests.
“The growth of the community is important but tempered with long-term vision,” he said, referring to development installing amenities such as sidewalks.
“You want to see a community thrive but there has to be consideration of the long-term.”
Shishido also supports ongoing efforts to revitalize the downtown core.
Among the other candidates for councillor are Tundra Baird, Brad Case, Raquel Knust, Paul McCaig and Brian Schreiner.
Howie Cyr and Greg McCune are running for mayor.