The only new candidate seeking a seat on Enderby council Oct. 20 is emphasizing the importance of change for the city’s elected reps.
Darren Robinson is one of seven candidates running for the city’s six councillor seats.
The others running are incumbents Tundra Baird, Brad Case, Roxanne Davyduke, Raquel Knust, Brian Schreiner and Shaun Shishido.
Herman Halvorson and incumbent Greg McCune are running for mayor.
Robinson (pictured) says in a news release sent to Beach Radio News, change is important to evolution.
“Fresh perspectives on challenging issues are essential. It is my hope that the residents of Enderby feel the same way and give me the opportunity to serve them and work hard on their behalf.”
Robinson — a former president of the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce — says he’s been an active member of the community since arriving in 2011.
“As a small business owner myself, I understand the vital importance that our businesses and entrepreneurs have on the overall economic health and cultural vibrancy of our area. I feel that my education, past and current work experience in sustainable and sensible economic development will help us collectively guide the future of Enderby as growth occurs.”
Robinson also notes the importance of working together towards shared success.
“Several years ago, I brought together like-minded local artists to pitch an idea of an artist collective with the end result of an industry-driven gallery for Enderby. With leadership from a number of talented and passionate local artists, the Courtyard Gallery was born – an incredible testament to the power of ground-up, partnership-driven sustainable economic development.”
Robinson says he looks forward to talking with locals to take inventory of the most urgent concerns facing the community.
“A councillor’s primary job should be to listen to and address resident’s concerns and I am excited to do that very thing. I believe that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to be heard, not just those in positions of authority and influence.”