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Whistler has a full slate, and then some

Six vie for Whistler mayoralty, 26 for council



The nomination period for B.C.'s municipal elections wrapped up on Oct. 14 with a flurry of activity in Whistler. Nine additional candidates joined the race in the final days of the nomination period, bringing the total number to 32 - 26 running for six seats on council and six running for mayor.

That's the most candidates ever for a municipal election in Whistler. In 2008 there were 17 council candidates and five for mayor, and in 2005 there were 18 running for council and seven for mayor.

The mayor's race grew from three to six with the additions of Shane Bennett, Miro Kolvek and Brent McIvor.

Mayor's race

Brent McIvor

Brent McIvor may not have any experience on municipal council but, he said, don't discount his 30-plus years of experience living and working and raising a family in Whistler.

"I think one of the most attacked items around my decision to become a candidate for mayor is the fact that I have no experience as a councillor or as a mayor," said McIvor. "I don't see that in this town as a weakness, I see that as a strength.

"I can come in with a fresh approach. I'm not beholden to anybody."

McIvor was a builder in town in the 1980s and now has a consulting business, McIvor Strategic Alliances. He has a political science degree from the University of Manitoba, with a focus on public administration. His campaign slogan is "It's Time."

"It's time to do what is necessary to keep Whistler healthy for visitors, for residents, for entrepreneurs and employers and for the hard-working employees at the municipality," said McIvor.

He sees there's a real push in the community to make some serious changes to the budget and McIvor would like to see an interim "hold the line" budget before taking the budgeting process to the community at large and collectively exploring some novel ways of balancing the books. That will take some innovative thinking.

McIvor raised two daughters in the area - Ashleigh and Lindsay. Ashleigh won gold for Canada in ski cross at the 2010 Olympics.

He wants to ensure that his daughters can raise families here just as he did.

He was president of the society that built Millennium Place and on the board of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club for three terms.

McIvor said: "I know the issues and I know how to get along with everyone."


Miro Kolvek