Mayor Sharon Gaetz has announced that she will be seeking re-election in the October 20th election.
“I am grateful to the people in our community who believe in a strong and vibrant city and continue to elect me to lead the way” Gaetz said on Wednesday. “I believe in planning ahead and our ten year Comprehensive Municipal Plan has ensured that we enjoy first class amenities while maintaining the lowest residential and business taxes in the Lower Mainland. Our City has no debt and is the envy of many municipalities. I will continue to work hard to keep it that way
As a non partisan mayor I have ensured that our voice is respected and heard across all party lines. Mayors and Councillors from across BC continue to elect me to the Union of BC Municipalities executive to represent local government issues to the Province.
The next four years will be exciting and challenging. I have been a strong and persistent leader in moving our City toward revitalization of our downtown and our collective vision is about to become reality starting in early 2019.
While the issue of homelessness is the responsibility of the Provincial Government, I have successfully advocated for support and shelter for the homeless and we have secured not only shelter and support but brand new housing.
As my leadership has demonstrated, I am fiscally conservative with a strong social conscience,” said Gaetz.
“Public safety is a strong priority in our City. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their homes and on our streets. I have listened to our citizens’ concerns and we have added 15 officers to our police force in the past two years and I will continue to ask council to support additional police and fire protection.
People tell me that they love the small town feel of our community and that we live moments away from mountains, rivers, lakes and trails. Most residents prefer to work right here in Chilliwack – the community in which they live and play. This is not the time to rest on our laurels. We must continue to actively seek out industry to achieve successes such as Molsons and Berryhill Foods, which ensure jobs for our citizens and provide them with an excellent quality of life.
As the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Chilliwack, I have been honoured to have served our citizens. I have integrity and experience and am looking forward to leading our City for another four years.”