ELECTION: Langley City council candidate Nathan Pachal

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

Nathan Pachal

Running for a seat on council in the City of Langley

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IT manager, 35

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• Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: Currently a Langley City councillor

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Candidate provided bio: Nathan was elected as a Langley Councillor in 2016. On council, he has been a tireless advocate for safe streets and parks, better transportation, and housing options for all.

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Facebook: Nathan Pachal

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Website: NathanPachal.com

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Twitter: @npachal

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Other internet/social media platforms where voters can learn about you: Blog

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Phone: 778-288-8720

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• Who is your favourite superhero, and why? Cypher from X-Men due to his ability to understand all forms of communication and being able to translate anything.

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There are 16 candidates running for six councillor seats with the City of Langley. The following arequestions asked of each candidate hopeful. They were directed to provide a minimum of a Yes, No, or Don’t Know answer, and given an option to expand on one answer in print (to a maximum of 100 words per question). They could expand on all questions online, if they wished to do so. The following are their replies.

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Questions and Answers:

1. What neighbourhood of Langley do you live in?

Answer: Douglas

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2. How many years have you lived in Langley?

Answer: 15 years

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3. How many Langley City council meetings have you attended in the past year?

Answer: All meetings

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4: Should the City be directly funding social housing to reduce homelessness?

Answer: No. Homelessness, affordable housing, and mental health are linked at the hip. Langley City council has been successful in securing a provincial action team that gets people off the streets, and into housing with supportive services. But there is still a lot more work to do. I will continue to advocate for more provincial funding and resources for Langley.

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5. Do you support elevated rail over light rapid transit from Surrey to Langley?

Answer: Yes

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6. Should the City’s industrial area be phased out in favour of residential and commercial development?

Answer: Yes. We could encourage more industrial/commercial mixed-use, with office and flex space above industrial space.

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7. Would you vote to raise taxes to hire more police?

Answer: Yes.

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8. Do you agree with the growth estimates for Langley City in its new Nexus of Community strategic plan?

Answer: Yes.

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9. Should Langley have its own municipal police force, replacing the RCMP?

Answer: No.

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10. Should the City fund an arts centre?

Answer: Yes. I will continue to support investment in positive activities, including initiatives such as a new performing arts centre, and other programming that encourages activities thru all seasons, including evenings. This is proven to drive out negative activities.

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11. Does Langley City need an indoor swimming pool?

Answer: Yes.

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12. Should Langley City lobby for its own urgent care centre?

Answer: Yes.

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13. Do you think residential property taxes are too high?

Answer: No. They are fair for the services provided.

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14. Should the City amalgamate with the Township?

Answer: No.

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15. Should the municipality offer tax breaks, incentives, or rebates to companies looking to set up shop here?

Answer: Yes

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16. Is Langley City being pushed to grow too fast?

Answer: No.

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17. Should Langley City take more direct action to combat the opioid crisis locally?

Answer: Yes.

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18. Should the City encourage the creation of more rental and low-income housing?

Answer: Yes.

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19. Should the City taxes be cut by cutting services?

Answer: No.

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20. Should there be a limit to the number of consecutive terms a member of council can serve?

Answer: Yes.

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