Martin Runge. (Photo submitted)

Martin Runge. (Photo submitted)

MEET THE CANDIDATE: City council candidate Martin Runge

Martin Runge answers questions posed by the Quesnel Observer

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

2. What part of Quesnel’s Official Community Plan do you care about most and want to see action on?

3. What solutions or ways forward do you see to address concerns around crime, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and homelessness in our community?

4. What do you think needs to be done to attract and retain professionals such as health care providers in our community?

5. What are a few fun facts about yourself?

Hello, I am Martin Runge and I am running for re-election.

As a resident, business owner, teacher, and parent who has been living, working and playing in the Quesnel area for more than 30 years, I continue to have a vested interest in keeping Quesnel vibrant, accessible and innovative. I believe that we need to continue working with various partners and all stakeholders to support and enhance our tourism, sports arts and culture, housing, safety, and infrastructure supports, projects, and initiatives in an affordable manner.

Do we have room for improvement? Of course!

I do believe through community and stakeholder discussions we can begin to positively tackle some of the crime and homelessness issues we currently face. The status quo is not desirable or sustainable. The issues that many small communities, including Quesnel, are facing, and need to urgently tackle, are not totally homegrown. They are bigger than the decisions of a municipal council, and require honest, open, and solution-based discussions between individuals, our community, stakeholders, the province, and the federal government. Our voters and rate-payers need us to help with solutions that are affordable, attainable, and solutions based.

I will continue to support housing, recreation, transportation, sport, culture and other opportunities that build a vibrant, accessible and innovative community. As a city councillor I will continue to work on, adjust and support the Official Community Plan, and I will continue to always make Quesnel more viable, healthier and safer place to live, work and play. I want Quesnel to be a place that can retain and affordably add new citizens to its base.

Quesnel is an affordable, accessible and innovative community. Located in the heart of the Cariboo it has outstanding natural beauty at its doorstep and is always a great place to call home.

Thanking you for your vote!

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