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Four more candidates join council race

Dave Buzzard, Steve Anderson, Hi Brooks and Kevin Rae on the ticket

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"It's probably at that stage that Whistler is at that's perfect for my skills to be utilized," he said. "I've focused a lot on cost control and purchasing initiatives, spending, ensuring budgets are being adhered to - and obviously financial sustainability for the resort is the key issue at hand."

He is also motivated by a number of issues, including the asphalt plant, pay parking and service cuts at the library, to name just a few. "It's really a list of items that council has touched on over time, and I think in some cases they have made decisions that obviously haven't been agreeable to residents.

"What we've seen lately, like the increased costs for transit and the reduction of service hours at the library, is that we're just not able to put money where residents are asking for services and money to be applied, while at the same time spending money in other areas that aren't a priority. I think there's an opportunity there to deliver better services than we're seeing today and at a lower cost."

On the asphalt plant file, Rae recently moved into a rental unit at Cheakamus Crossing and has seen - and smelled - the impact on the neighbourhood when asphalt is in production. "It's just unacceptable, the conditions down there from time to time," he said.

The nomination period for council gets underway on Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. The election is on Nov. 19. For more information visit www.civicinfo.bc.ca.

To date, 14 Whistler residents have announced their intention to run for council and two for mayor.