Port Alberni mayoral candidate Kevin Wright.

Profile: Port Alberi mayoral candidate Kevin Wright

City of Port Alberni: Kevin Wright - Mayoral candidate

  • Oct. 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.

My name is Kevin Wright and I want to get Port Alberni “Back to Business”. We have a lot of work to do to get this city back on its feet as far as stabilizing the economy and reducing the tax strain. I want to bring small business and light industry back to the city.

This election is going to signal a turning point and I believe I have the skills, know how and drive to make things better.

I believe we must develop small business as soon as possible to share the load otherwise the taxation levels will continue to rise applying more pressure on the mills to pay more. This could force them to consider leaving to find better tax incentives elsewhere.

LNG and the container port—these big projects sound great and may or may not come to fruition but they are at best estimate 10 to 15 years away and would certainly be a home run for our community.

But I would prefer we consider a more strategic game plan. Too many times in our past have we put our faith in a heavy hitter to smash one to the bleachers and have struck out. We need to start playing this game with some hustle and some grit.

Singles, bunts and stolen bases define a winning team. The current coaching staff keeps sending in their big gun and confidently insist that this will win the game. The smelter, the coal port and half a dozen other at-bats have resulted in us being in last place. (Worst Place).

When will we change the strategy?

We need to put runs on the board and it does not matter how. One hit does not win the game but if we get a few people on base and if the port comes though we will have a grand slam. If it does not, we have a team that is still in the game to win.

 

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