Tom Duncan looks for third term

Councillor Tom Duncan officially announced today that he is running for re-election to Duncan council.

“A comprehensive Strategic Plan, parks and infrastructure improvements, and active transportation planning are some of our City’s most important initiatives. I’m proud to be a part of the positive, solution-oriented leadership provided by our council. I will continue to work for the betterment of our community,” said Councillor Duncan.

Councillor Duncan has served two terms on council and has been a member of several committees, including the tourism, environment and centennial committees. He has represented the City for the last five years on the Island Savings Centre Commission, supporting a sustainability plan and improvements to the Cowichan Theatre. Duncan has also represented the City on the Vancouver Island Regional Library board executive.

“Working with my council colleagues — a team that cares so much about the future of our City — we have accomplished a lot in the past six years,” Councillor Duncan said.

“Our City celebrated its Centennial in 2012 with the creation of a unique water fountain in City Square, city stage improvements, a new water park, a cob oven, and playground equipment in Centennial Park, and totem interpretative signage and a Centennial totem pole in Charles Hoey park,” Councillor Duncan said.

Councillor Duncan also noted the addition of a pocket park on Canada Avenue, upgrades to McAdam Park fields, and pedestrian bridges. In addition, he mentioned that a comprehensive review of council policies has been completed and implemented, including a respectful workplace policy and an integrated community sustainability plan to include in council’s operational development decisions.

Councillor Duncan acknowledged the current discussion around amalgamation on boundary restructuring with North Cowichan.

“The city currently provides water and fire services to areas outside the city boundary,” Councillor Duncan acknowledged. “I believe our city needs to review all our options before moving forward with any type of boundary changes or amalgamation. I fully support a complete study of the costs and benefits for both amalgamation or boundary restructuring to be voted on by the citizens of Duncan. I support the principle of a citizens assembly to review the study and provide recommendations to City council.”

“Any changes to our City governance must be a benefit to the citizens of Duncan. I am passionate about Duncan and I know if we work together we can build a City that has a bright future,” said Councillor Duncan.

What issues concern you most and why?

My priorities include, implementation of our active transportation plan, completion of our wayfinding strategy and develop a City Gateway, develop a plan to maintain and upgrade our city infrastructure.

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