Friday, October 28, 2011

Dean Fortin Answers Our Questions

Dean Fortin is running for re-election as Mayor of Victoria. Fortin won against Rob Reid in the 2008 election, and served on Council for two terms (6 years) prior to becoming Mayor. He is running alongside the Dean Team, an unofficial slate consisting of (far as we can tell) Pam Madoff, Lynn Hunter, John Luton, and Marianne Alto. Prior to 2008 Fortin also served as Executive Director of the Burnside Gorge Communtiy Centre. His website is here and here are his answers to our questions:

Q: Why are you running and why should I vote for you?

A: My name is Dean Fortin, and I am running for re-election as Mayor of Victoria. In the last three years we have accomplished so much, and I want to continue to build on that momentum and continue to support a vibrant, welcoming and sustainable city.

From housing and homelessness, alternative transportation and economic development – for the last three years, along with my team of councillors, I have been diligently working on the priorities set by our residents. And we have made great strides in many keys areas, proving our ability to work with residents, identify challenges, and make decisions on important projects. I am prepared to tackle the tough challenges ahead in a way that balances the financial and social needs of residents.

I have learned so much and we’ve made significant progress over the last three years. I want to continue to put that knowledge and commitment to work for the people of this community. I have been honoured to serve as Mayor – it is a privilege I am hoping to be granted again.

Q: What issue is most important to you and why?

A: There are many competing interests and needs in our community. Whether it is the need for more supportive and affordable housing, public transportation, more parks, or ageing infrastructure – there is no shortage of projects and programs that will enhance our city for benefit of everyone. But how we pay for these important projects is a big question. That is why I believe economic development is a key issue right now.

We have developed a comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, with the help of community leaders from all sectors of our economy, which maps out how to grow investment in our community. It is a strategy that focuses on growing our tax base – bringing household sustaining jobs to our community, increased residential and commercial growth in the core, and innovation that secures Victoria place as a leader in sustainable growth. This is how we will pay for important projects including sewage treatment, LRT, and affordable housing.

Growing our economy in a smart and sustainable way will ensure we can continue to invest in our community and the programs and services that make Victoria a great place to call home – for everyone.

Q: What's something people don't know about you?

A: I have coached basketball for many years. Currently I have the great pleasure of coaching my daughter’s team, the U-11 girls’ basketball night league. I love working with youth, and believe sports is a fantastic venue to get kids active and working together.


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