Froese launches mayoralty bid ‘down on the farm’

Jack Froese launched his bid for the Township’s mayoralty Monday evening in the company of two dozen prominent farmers and on the site of the largest organic produce farm in the area.

Jack Froese

Jack Froese launched his bid for the Township’s mayoralty Monday evening in the company of two dozen prominent farmers and on the site of the largest organic produce farm in the area.

Following a career as a policeman and farmer, Froese says he’s setting his sights on a political life “from a deepseated desire to see the quality of life and rural flavour of Langley protected for our children while providing the economic stability we all need for the future.”

Froese has passed on his farm operations at JD Turkey Farms to his children and key employeees to carry on, and says he’ll be using every method possible, from social media and advertising to old-fashioned door-knocking, to get his message out to voters.

Speaking at the site of the Myers family’s 60-acre produce farm, Froese said Langley is home to 40 per cent of the farming activity in the Fraser Valley but is “feeling the pressures of growth. We must be vigilant to ensure that livable communities are built…

“We must balance our children’s need for affordable housing while protecting our most valuable resource – the land we farm on.”

Froese said he has no desire to get involved in the highly-partisan fights that are currently going on between Township council and Mayor Rick Green.

“I want to stay above that.”

However, he says, “Our Township council needs a person with real business experience to focus on the job of good government and bring respect back to Township hall.”