Roland Stanke – Clinton mayor candidate
Question: How long have you lived in your community?
A: I have lived in Clinton for just over 30 years.
Question: What is your occupation?
A: I am currently semi-retired.
Question: Have you done any volunteer work here? Which group(s)?
A: Currently, I am the president of the Clinton Legion, a position I have held for 5 years.
Question: Have you served before in municipal government or on a Board of School Trustees? If yes, where, when, and for how long?
A: I am a former mayor having served 3 terms from 2002 to 2011. During that term, I was also a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board for 9 years as well as served 2 years on the U.B.C.M. board as the small community representative.
While on the TNRD, I served on various committees, such as chair of the Film Commission for 7 out of 9 years, served as vice-chair for 2 years and sat on the Health committee.
Question: Which issues are most important to you?
A: Some of the concerns I have about our community is that it is difficult for businesses to flourish or start without having a trained reliable labour force.
The lack of housing makes it difficult for our youth to stay in the community to find meaningful employment. The rental market is at an all time low pushing people elsewhere for housing and employment.
Question: How would you address them?
A: It has always been my belief that growth comes from within the community; it’s the local citizens that have a pulse on their community and their needs. Currently the community is taking a new direction with various businesses diverse enough to attract travellers.
Question: Additional comments?
A: If elected I will be the liaison to senior levels of government and bring managed growth to the community.