Election 2014: Long-time residents seek vote

District of Coldstream: Councillors Richard Enns and Peter McClean are seeking re-election Nov. 15, as is Glen Taylor

Two incumbents are looking to keep their seats on Coldstream council, while a familiar face wants to return.

Councillors Richard Enns and Peter McClean are seeking re-election Nov. 15, as is Glen Taylor, who served two terms on council from 1999 to 2005.

“As councillor, I would be committed to investing wisely in the essentials; good roads, public transit, affordable housing, parks, recreation, trail networks and arts, culture and heritage,” said Taylor, a resident of Coldstream for 31 years who is “committed to creating a future full of hope and promise. “

The 54-year-old father of two and grandfather, has been married to his wife Diane for 33 years.

“We live in the greatest place on earth and it’s critical to preserve what makes Coldstream a healthy community to live – clean water and air, places to play and be active, while protecting our natural surroundings,” said Taylor, who is the general manager at O’Keefe Ranch.

McClean, who was previously a councillor alongside Taylor, was returned to office in 2011 and hopes to continue his work on unfinished businesses.

“I would like to continue being involved with the development of the latest version of the Coldstream OCP so that when it is completed it will provide a direction for our community and council to follow so that Coldstream will continue to be a healthy and sustainable partner within the North Okanagan,” said McClean, a 59-year-old husband of 24 years and father of three.

“I want to continue to work  protecting and promoting our agricultural community by encouraging and supporting the agricultural activities of today and those of the future.

“I would also much prefer to be involved with the process regarding our residential and agricultural water system after the referendum and not sit idly by.”

During his 32-year residency in Coldstream, McClean served four terms on council until 2005 and returned in 2011.

Enns is seeking his third consecutive term on council and would also like to continue to the progress made so far.

“There are still some very good initiatives that the previous council has undertaken,” said Enns, a 53-year-old husband and father of three.

“I’d like to see the parks master plan developed and I’d like to continue to see improvements to Coldstream Creek.”

Enns has lived in Coldstream for 22 years, where he owns an organic orchard but works at his law practice.

Enns, McClean and Taylor are among seven candidates seeking one of the six councillor seats. Shane Hillman is the new face that has stepped up alongside incumbents Pat Cochrane, Doug Dirk and Gyula Kiss. Mayor Jim Garlick has been acclaimed, therefore residents will only be voting on filling the councillor positions on Nov. 15.

Coun. Maria Besso is stepping down and Enns is disappointed that more people didn’t step forward.

“I was hoping more women and more younger people would have come forward.”

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