Bob Long seeks re-election to Township council

Bob Long is seeking re-election to council this November, once again as an independent candidate.

Bob Long

Bob Long

Bob Long is seeking re-election to council this November, once again as an independent candidate.

“I still have a lot to offer the community and I look forward to serving the citizens of Langley on council where my voice and my vote can make a difference,” Long said.

During his four terms on council, Long has been a member of almost every council committee, has served as president of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and currently represents B.C. on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) national board.

“I certainly feel that I have contributed in many positive ways at the council table (and) my hope for the next term is that council adopt a theme of working and winning together, recognizing that Langley Township is the best place to live, work and play.”

According to Long, one of the main concerns facing Langley is transportation. “Connecting our communities is a real challenge, so we must be diligent to continue to fight for improved public transit, and make our urban centres ‘pedestrian friendly’, he says.

Another area of concern he notes is the growth of government. “As a business person I understand that you must make the best use of your resources, especially your staff,” he said.

Long, a resident of Aldergrove, was president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce in 1997-98 and was recognized as Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2003.

As a restaurateur and businessman, Long knows first hand the importance of teamwork. “My campaign slogan is ‘Working together … we all win.’  I hope that the community will come together and elect a council that serves all of Langley’s needs.”

Noting that the Township is known as a ‘community of communities’ with great diversity. Long said that this uniqueness is what makes Langley such an wonderful place to live, and also provides challenges for municipal government to balance growth and services. Commenting on council’s past term, Long said:  “A lot of things have been blown out of proportion by blogs, etc. There is no ‘six pack’ and each member of council makes their own decision when it comes to a vote. That is the way it should be, I don’t believe that slates belong in local politics.”

Having served on four consecutive terms on council, Long said that he has municipal experience and knows the issues.

“The best tools a politician can use are his ears. Listening to the community can ensure that the right decision is made for the citizens who pay the taxes.” he said.

His website at www.BobLong.ca