Kam Respondek is running for councillor in Langley Township. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Kam Respondek is running for councillor in Langley Township. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

MEET THE CANDIDATES

IN THE LANGLEY TOWNSHIP COUNCILLOR RACE: Kam Respondek

Ahead of Oct. 15, the Advance Times offers a profile and Q&A opportunity to each candidate

Kam Respondek

RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT

Finance/insurance, age 36

Willoughby resident who’s lived in Langley 1 year

I am a certified financial planning professional with over 15 years of experience in the financial and insurance industry.

I have a criminology degree from Simon Fraser University with a focus on crime prevention through environmental design.

I want to bring a different approach: financial responsibility and fiscal efficiency with a logical and rational approach to decision making.

I have no agenda and no political affiliation.

My goal is to make decisions that benefit the most amount of people possible.

We can do a lot better with the budget we already have.

It’s all about getting value from each dollar spent.

Governments are notoriously poor with monetary issues. That doesn’t mean we have to be, too.

No more business as usual.

Website: www.kamcares.ca

Phone: 778-882-5719

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Have you held office in past? If so, please specify:

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Questions:

(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)

1. Should the Township set targets for the creation of more low-income and seniors rental spaces, social housing units, and/or co-op development to improve home security?

Yes.

2. Should the Township create a performing arts venue within the next council term?

Yes.

3. Does the Langley Township fire department need to be expanded in terms of crews, equipment, and/or halls?

Yes.

4. Should property tax increases be restricted to the rate of inflation or lower?

Yes.

5. Should the Township encourage greater housing density in new and existing neighbourhoods?

Yes. Land is at a premium, every square foot is valuable and needs to be utilized to its maximum value.

Density is required to accomplish this.

We need to look to European and Asian countries for successful city planning examples.

Langley currently has a mish-mash of areas all interspersed throughout a large geographic area. Unfortunately, we cannot change this, but we can make the areas we have slated for development already much more efficient and usable.

We can make sure that these areas are well connected to each other, as well as our neighbouring cities.

The goal is not pure densification, rather mixed use and mixed housing types in all areas with access to services, parks and amenities.

6. Should the Township do more to build and upgrade roads, sidewalks, and bike paths in fast-growing areas?

Yes.

7. Is the Township’s population growing too fast?

No.

8. Should the Township consider switching to a municipal police force, instead of using the RCMP?

Don’t know.

9. Does the Township have enough parks and public spaces to meet the needs of its growing population?

No.

10. Should the Township commit to making a decision on proposed new developments within 12 months or less?

Yes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

How the questions were presented to each candidate

Langley Advance Times readers have repeatedly told us how much they value this important, straight-forward reference guide that helps orient them with the range of choices on the ballots – both at the council and school board levels.

Towards that end, we have attempted to make this package available (along with the following instructions) to each of the candidates in a timely fashion ahead of the Oct. 15 election.

Please read carefully before you start to fill this out.

To help voters in Langley make their choices on election day, the Langley Advance Times is asking local candidates 10 issue-based questions.

You must provide a ‘yes,’ a ‘no,’ or a ‘don’t know’ (Y, N, D) response to EACH of these questions.

Each question MUST be answered with yes (Y), no (N), or Don’t Know (D). This will be published in a grid in the Oct. 6 edition. Any questions not answered will be LEFT BLANK.

Candidates may also expand on ANY OR ALL of these questions (to a maximum of 200 words each). Please note any responses longer than that will be cut off at the 201-word mark.

Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee to run one of these answers in the Langley Advance Times print edition ahead of the election. You must CLEARLY indicate which expanded answer you want to see published in print. If you do not specify, we will choose. Any and all expanded answers provided will be published online at www.langleyadvancetimes.com.

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