PROFILE: Brian Taylor, Grand Forks Mayor

1. Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.
 
I am 65-years-old and my family and I have spent most of our lives in Southern BC. I own a small farm on Spencer Hill and have a long term commitment to this community. Over my working life I have worked primarily with groups.
 
In the six years that I have spent as mayor I recognize the role of mayor is to make the democratic system work at the table with 6 councillors who all are leaders and have individual hopes and dreams. I have the skills to do this and to keep our community moving forward to becoming a model community.
 
2. What is your background? Have you held office before? If not what skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?
 
In the early 1980s after returning from 10 years in Toronto I ran against the Premier in the Okanagan. I served a term as mayor of Grand Forks from 1997 to 1999.
I was a CAO in services to children and the disabled for most of my working life.I am a clear communicator. I treat everyone at the table with respect. I see the role of mayor as getting the best from each elected official. 
 
3. What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term?
 
Clearly the way forward to greater economic success is to work as a region. We cannot be confined by the artificial and restrictive boundaries of the city. I stress the importance of regional thinking and will press for a governance model that  supports this aim.
 
Fix our infrastructure sewer and roads and water with the help of other levels of government.
 
Continue to diversify the economy of the region. Recognize that we can adapt to our aging population.
 
4. How do you think you can impact these challenges?
 
We need to find ways of organizing our region that increase the connection of services to people. The ride to Trail and the cost of long distance administration needs review.
 
I believe that the preliminary planning work that we have completed on our infrastructure needs, the evaluation of the problem, the rational for the priorization of projects and the plan to finance, will make us stand out as a model community and this will attract funding.
 
By far the best economic driver in the competition for new business is to be attractive. We have arts and culture, high speed fibre optics we have a pedestrian culture, organic food and a hospital. This is what business looks for a rich and vibrant community.
 
5. If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
 
Honest hard working and sensitive 
 
6. Other comments that you feel are important to the voters.

I have asked myself and been asked several times by the public “why have we not previously taken this long term view of our future needs to renew roads and sewers?"

For many years the city has, like so many other Canadian cities, hired a series of talented but transient administrators. This was never their home. Our current CAO lives here in Grand Forks and shares this forward vision and a long-term commitment to this community.

For the future prosperity of our city I urge you to support the borrowing bylaws.