Election 2014: Race for Enderby city hall heating up

City of Enderby: Incumbent Raquel Knust, former councillor Paul McCaig and newcomer Brian Schreiner will pursue a seat on council

There is growing interest in Enderby council.

Incumbent Raquel Knust, former councillor Paul McCaig and newcomer Brian Schreiner will pursue a seat on council Nov. 15.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being on council,” said Knust, a  long-term care aid.

“It’s a great place to live. There are still things I want to accomplish.”

A priority for Knust is community-based programs and she has focused on many social issues while on council.

“I sit on the Enderby and District Resource Centre and they need to be open five days a week,” she said, adding that consistent funding for the group is needed.

Knust is also focused on upgrading Enderby’s capital infrastructure such as roads.

“Every community is dealing with that situation,” she said.

McCaig served on Enderby council from 1999 to 2005.

“There are some concerns over the water meter system and how it’s being initiated,” said McCaig, who founded Kelmac Industries and now works at Central Hardware.

“Not all of the facts are in about it.”

McCaig also believes there is a need for members of council to scrutinize major issues and proposals presented to them.

“I’ve always been one to question things and I don’t just rubber-stamp,” he said.

As someone who was involved in the development of the river walk, McCaig says the amenity should continue to be a city priority.

“There could be some upgrades and improvements.”

McCaig has lived in Grindrod since 1975   and has been involved in a volunteer capacity with minor hockey and baseball.

Schreiner lived in Enderby about 40 years ago and he returned to the community four years ago from Saskatchewan.

“I am a community-minded individual and where ever I’ve gone, I like to get involved,” said the retired banker.

“I fell in love with Enderby and I have a desire to give back to the community.”

Community services and economic development are a concern for Schreiner.

“I don’t want to see Enderby become a bedroom community to Vernon or Salmon Arm. I want to see us thrive on our own,” he said of encouraging business opportunities and residents to shop local.

Councillors Beryl Ludwig and Earl Shipmaker are not seeking re-election in Enderby.

“I have really enjoyed my four terms on council. It has been a very rewarding, learning experience,” said Ludwig.

“I am 73 and a four-year term is a huge commitment at my age. A lot of things in Enderby are done by volunteers so I am sure I will find lots of things to do.”

Ludwig says she has appreciated the public support while serving on council.

“Thank you to all the citizens of Enderby that put their trust in me over the past 12 years,” she said.

Shipmaker could not be reached for comment by The Morning Star.