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Maxed Out

If you go into the woods Nov. 16

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Three years ago, I thought we were on the right path. I endorsed four of the five incumbents. But the landscape is seeming curiouser and curiouser these days. I'm ready to try another path.

I'd like to bring Ken Melamed along. Ken's like a compass. He unerringly points one direction. Even though a compass only points one direction, you can always determine your direction of travel whether you go that way or not. Ken's the hardest working person on council. still. He's not afraid to stand alone, face the scorn of his colleagues and wrath of those who might want to travel a more expedient direction. He's earned our support.

I'd bring Dave Kirk along too. Dave doesn't point in one direction. Dave spins around the dial, sometimes at dizzying speeds. I'm never entirely sure which direction Dave's going to choose. That's because Dave isn't overburdened with dogma. He approaches dogma when the issue involves small business but otherwise he's a free agent. He considers issues carefully, weighs them against the community's history and its desires for the future and votes his conscience. Maybe it's the teacher in him.

Caroline Lamont's invited on this trip. Caroline's the future of Whistler. She's the young family who doesn't want to leave town, the hard worker who wants to make this place better, the thoughtful academic with a few good ideas and the curious traveller who undertakes a study of something just because she wants to know more about it.

Marianne Wade gets an invite. I wasn't prepared to like Marianne. I was suspicious of her development history. It's not like developers need more portals to the halls of power. But Marianne's development teeth were cut in social housing and that's a hard experience to ever purge from a person's soul. She seems bright, methodical, brings a strong planning discipline with her and, more importantly, a record of accomplishment.

That's it.

Those are the four council candidates I'm excited about. There's a bunch right behind them I wouldn't mind seeing in the other two seats but if I were voting - my excuse is citizenship, not apathy - I'd probably only cast four votes. It's called voting strategically. Vote for the number of candidates you feel strongly about. Voting for six just because you have six votes only dilutes the numbers and throws further momentum behind the incumbents. Think about it.

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