Village of McBride By-election Sept. 19, 2015

By Chris Parker

The Elks Hall in McBride hosted the Sept. 2 McBride election forum, providing an opportunity for the four candidates to present their credentials and motivation for running in the by-election. With some 82 members of the public in attendance, this became the final major time that candidates could speak directly to the electorate. The by-election will be held at the Village of McBride Council Chambers on Sat., Sept. 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Three of the four candidates and their platform comments had previously been introduced in The Valley Sentinel (Aug. 27, 2015/Issue 35) with only candidate Diane Smith choosing not to participate. On this occasion, however, all four candidates spoke.

Joe Rich
Joe Rich

A McBride resident from birth and father of six, Rich has previously served as a director and two-term President of the Chamber of Commerce, and is a local businessman operating a mobile mechanic service. He has hands-on knowledge of the forestry business, having worked within that industry for many years. He is fully committed to a healthy economy and in particular new industry in order to sustain McBride, and to see new opportunities provided through those industries.

Rick Thompson
Rick Thompson

Thompson spent some talking about the recent, negative elections. He also took the time to thank Bob Callaghan (who withdrew from his position as Councillor, thus creating the reason for the by-election) for his participation, and wished him a speedy recovery from recent health issues. Thompson emphasized his many years of previous service on Council, and feels that he can really help the Council reduce conflict and mistakes in the remaining three years of the mandate. He is a local entrepreneur and former educator.

Lisa Bugaychuk
Lisa Bugaychuk

While only 22 years of age, Bugaychuk expressed her interest in using her administrative and accounting skills on Council. While her family has roots in Ukraine, she is a proud Canadian and is intent on continuing to live in the McBride area. She is more than willing to serve her community. Bugaychuk feels it is time for the younger generation to serve and encourages more opportunities to participate in this way. Her interest is in the improvement of local infrastructure, and keeping our village looking good through landscape initiatives, also with an eye toward financial stability.

Diane Smith
Diane Smith

Smith feels that she is an impartial candidate, and one who is keen to keep young people here and working after graduation. She also would like to see the opportunity for seniors to be able to remain close to their families and friends in nursing homes within the local area. She stated she is a strong supporter of the Library/Museum project. Her final comment is that we need to be a cohesive community – without the current divisiveness.