Koury first to declare in North Cowichan mayoral race

North Cowichan councillor John Koury recently ended months of speculation by announcing earlier this week he’s after the mayor’s chair.

While he’s out of the gate first he doesn’t consider it too soon.

"It’s not quickly. This is about the right time. People are starting to wonder who is going to be running in the next election. There have been a lot of questions asked much earlier than this. But, I have chosen not to make any sort of announcement until now."

Long days mean there’s time to get out there, according to Koury.

"The summer’s here. This is the time to do the door knocking, meet with the people, understand their thoughts and give them ideas that I have to help the community be all it can be after the next election."

So the timing is actually exactly right.

"There is still work to do on council, of course. But I think getting out door to door is the secret of winning any campaign and I would encourage any candidate to do that.

"I’ve knocked on thousands of doors in my time as a politician and it’s really where you get the understanding of what people feel about what they think needs to be done and the confidence to carry that message if and when you win the seat."

Koury said it’s his intention "to step up into a bigger leadership role for North Cowichan" if he can.

"I’ve got two years experience now and I’ve been focused on what I think the priorities that working people in this community have and I’m going to work very hard to encourage economic growth and sustainable development and job opportunities for working families," he said.

Koury takes every chance at council meetings to hammer home his desire to see economic growth combine with reduced property taxes to make North Cowichan a desirable place to live and he said he plans to run on that record.

He also wants additional oversight in the management of the municipality’s fiscal affairs and community development.

"We need to raise the standard of governance, end political activism at the council table and restore reasonable, commonsense decision making to North Cowichan," he said.

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