Capps concentrates on safety, environment, small business

Jenni Capps hopes to bring some new ideas to North Cowichan council.

"So far my only political experience has been serving as junior mayor for the City of Duncan on the Junior Council but that’s part of what got me interested in running for a seat on the senior council for North Cowichan," she said.

Several people asked her to run. "A few different community members and volunteers that I respect brought it up to me and I couldn’t let go of the idea. It seemed like such a great opportunity."

When it comes to a platform, she’s taking the tack: go with what you know. "I’ll be talking about three things that I have experience in. So, environmental protection is a priority. I have worked with projects that enable the community to help itself like the Cowichan River clean up," she said.

Capps is also a big advocate for public safety.

"I’ve spent over a year working with Safe Youth Cowichan. From that, I understand that youth and seniors have a lot of the same safety needs: effective transit, safe streets, pedestrian access. If we focus on their needs we could really help the whole community feel safer."

Her third push is support for small business.

"I’ve worked for the past five years for small, local businesses and I think they are a great way to re-circulate revenue within the municipality as opposed to supporting big box franchises. I also think that extends to supporting local agriculture and that’s good for the environment as well," Capps said.

On taxes, she said, "While I don’t think that taxes are the only issue in the election, I think it’s important that they be spent on tangible benefits for the community."