Election 2014: Dave Stark seeks councillor’s seat in Langley Township

Township of Langley: Stark, Dave - council candidate: He seeks to build on trust and relationships.

Dave Stark is seeking a seat on Langley Township council this fall.

Dave Stark is seeking election as a councillor on Langley Township council.

He has a varied background, working with municipal government, running his own businesses, working with non-profits and with community schools.

The common theme has been building relationships and putting “people first,” he said.

“The foundation of my belief system and platform is based upon people, relationships, and community. I believe that these are the necessary bricks that must support how the mayor and council deal with the vast majority of issues that impact all of our unique communities.

“Sadly, many of these bricks have crumbled, and the relationship between our politicians and residents has become dysfunctional. Multi-term councillors are feeling more entitled, and closer to developers, while residents are losing trust. This has been demonstrated by the push-back in communities like Brookswood, Willoughby, and Fort Langley, as well as the number of lawsuits brought against the Township by individuals and groups.”

Stark said issues before council require engaging, respecting, and listening to people. He said he will make himself available to citizens seven days a week, if elected.

He cited his background in community building and developing relationships between people, organizations, business, and various levels of government. Locally, he founded the first chamber model ever in B.C. for the large non-profit sector here in Langley.

Stark comes from a farming and fishing background, and currently runs a small hobby farm in Glen Valley. He formerly served as food security co-ordinator for Langley, and is currently a director with the Langley Horse and Farm Federation.

Stark said that, if elected, he will vote against any motion to take land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. He also pledges not to take any campaign contributions from developers.

He also backs creation of a social planning agenda for the Township; greater discussion with the school district on population increases and schools and building the capacity of the parks, recreation and culture system.

Stark ran for Langley Township council in 2011, and finished 13th in a field of 27 candidates, garnering 4,220 votes.

He welcomes phone calls from people interested in learning more, and can be reached at 604-807-0306.

More detail about his platform is available at www.davestark.ca.

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