Election 2014: Blair Whitmarsh seeks Langley Township council seat

Township of Langley: Whitmarsh, Blair - council candidate: Longtime resident seeks council seat.

  • Nov. 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Blair Whitmarsh is seeking a seat on Langley Township council.

Blair Whitmarsh has joined the race for a Langley Township councillor’s seat in the November elections.

Whitmarsh, Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Athletics at Trinity Western University, first came to Langley as a student at Trinity 30 years ago and has many involvements in the community outside the university. He has been involved through youth soccer and Christian Life Assembly, and as part of his role at TWU, worked closely with the Township in the building of the Langley Events Centre. The facility is used extensively by TWU and has hosted national university athletic championships.

He told The Times he brings his abilities as an educator, senior administrator, and mental skills coach to the table, coupled with his passion for the community.

The theme for his campaign is “Working Together for Langley,” which signals his belief that all citizens of Langley should have a voice in the future shaping of the community.

“A primary task of council is to raise community involvement so that Langley can continue to be a place that we are all proud of and want to raise our families,” said Whitmarsh. “We must hear from the community as we make critical decisions that affect all of us.”

The campaign will focus on five overarching themes: smart and sustainable development, safe neighbourhoods and communities, a great place to raise our families, outstanding facilities for sports and the arts, and being fiscally responsible.

“I have lived in Langley for 18 years and there is no other place I would rather live.  We must work together to develop our community in a sustainable way.  Economic development, environmental enhancements, and keeping tax increases to the rate of inflation help us to shape a Langley that we can all be proud of. Langley is about all of us.”

Whitmarsh is committed to bringing a team-building approach to council, characterized by strong communication and the ability to think through issues with wise counsel and strong community input.

“I will seek public input and make decisions that bring the most benefit to the Langley community.”

He is a longtime resident of Brookswood and has been attending open houses and council meetings dealing with the proposal to update the community plan in the area. He believes the Township needs to use its own sustainability charter to guide plans for future development in all areas of the municipality.

He and his wife Lorraine have three daughters.

More information about his campaign can be found at www.blairwhitmarsh.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/BlairWhitmarsh and on Twitter at @BlairWhitmarsh.

Whitmarsh is committed to bringing a team-building approach to council characterized by strong communication and the ability to think through issues with wise counsel and strong community input.   “I will seek public input and make decisions that bring the most benefit to the Langley community.”

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