Brian Coakley is running to be the director in Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area L.
He first came to the South Cariboo in 1972, delivering plywood for a friend in Vancouver who owned a lot in the 108 Mile subdivision. Coakley said he was in awe of the scenery and the lifestyle, Coakley and his wife bought a property and built a house in Horse Lake some 20 years ago.
When did you initially get involved with politics and how long have you been involved?
Answer: When in high school social studies, I was always interested in politics, later on, my current interests have been the last 30 years.
What made you want to run for CRD Area L? Is it your first time?
Voted in by acclamation in Area L (2014) my three main objectives were to; lower taxes, create new by-laws that would provide jobs, scrutinize and save people money as to various CRD programs. All familiar to me because of my political involvement on the coast (Maple Ridge).
What are some of the more important issues in the South Cariboo?
Fire mitigation is extremely important, rebuilding our devastated tourist industry, public meetings on the locations and [the] sale of marijuana, also a revised plan for a pool that we can all afford, followed by proper referendums, engages the public and that to me is a relevant democracy.
What do you wish to accomplish during your term if elected?
My vision for the next four years includes what I have mentioned above; also a playground for our children at Interlakes Community Centre, new fires trucks for Deka Lake and Lone Butte Fire Departments, two new dry wells for Imperial Ranchettes, more boat launches, long-term sustainable funding for our grants for assistance program, and also my continued support for the Watch Lake Fire Department.
Why should the people of Area L vote for you?
In the last four years, I have attended all 100 Mile House joint meetings and CRD board meetings. My record is 100 per cent and I have the lowest expenses of any full-time director.
Currently as the CRD finance chair, the Municipal Finance Authority (alternate director) and the Northern Development Initiative Trust (alternate director), I see where your tax dollars are spent and have made numerous inquiries on your behalf. I see every cheque and electronic transfer that goes out from the CRD every week.
No rural area has ever taxed itself into prosperity, and I promise to ensure that we all live in a community that each one of us can afford.
How can supporters get in touch with you or find more out about your platform?
My number is 1-250-395-6633.