Incumbent draws challenge

A candidate has come out of the woodwork to challenge Coldstream’s mayor.

A candidate has come out of the woodwork to challenge Coldstream’s mayor.

Just when it looked like Jim Garlick might be acclaimed mayor, a contender stepped forward in the last minutes before the nomination deadline Friday.

Dave Hrabchuk, 39, wants to give the citizens of Coldstream a choice.

“I think there’s an appetite for perhaps a new perspective on the District of Coldstream council,” said Hrabchuk, a construction project manager and superintendent with his family’s business (Arlo Construction).

“There’s a lot of people who are struggling with a lot of issues in Coldstream,” said the father of two, who vows to be the “people’s mayor,” if elected.

Fresh water management, fire protection and infrastructure are just a few issues on his radar.

One issue Hrabchuk admits he needs to be better versed on is the controversial servicing bylaw in Coldstream. But he does feel it is onerous on property owners and needs to be examined.

“By no means is my campaign based on that one issue, but it is an important issue,” said the two-year Coldstream resident, who lived in Spallumcheen for five years after spending time in Alberta and Kelowna.

“It brings us back around to the issue that Coldstream doesn’t seem to have enough money, there’s not a big enough tax base.”

While this is his first time running for public office,  Hrabchuk is confident that a degree in economics, coupled with more than 10 years of business experience and infrastructure management makes him a good candidate.

“I think I bring some good tools to the table.”

Along with the two mayoralty candidates, the campaign includes nine councillor candidates. They are: incumbents Maria Besso, Pat Cochrane, Doug Dirk, Richard Enns, Bill Firman and Gyula Kiss; former councillors Peter McClean and Glen Taylor, as well as resident John Hegler.


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