City of Powell River residents will choose from three options for mayor when filling out ballots on October 15, or earlier if opting for advanced voting.
The Peak asked each candidate why voters should choose them to succeed outgoing mayor Dave Formosa.
Here is the response from Maggie Hathaway:
I have served the citizens of Powell River for 14 years. I have the skills and experience necessary to lead the team as your mayor.
I have worked all three levels of government and have knowledge of the inner workings. At Legal Aid, I liaised with WorkSafe, Social Services and Residential Tenancy Branch, among others. I also represented individuals detained under the Mental Health Act.
I maintain a keen interest in mental health and addictions.
Working with our MLA provided me the skills to work through the bureaucracy of the provincial government. I studied business administration, law and social work at the university level.
I have the skills to effectively run a meeting. This requires maintaining control, observing protocol and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be heard. These skills were acquired through the many boards I have sat on.
There are several issues facing council. They include lack of housing, both affordable and market; we must move forward with a housing authority; BC Ferries; drug use and associated crime; and economic development, particularly industrial. We must continue with the educational component of the name change.
The next four years will not be easy. Strong, experienced leadership is essential to good governance.
General election day is October 15. Read all Peak election coverage at prpeak.com/2022-civic-election.