Jack Froese

Jack Froese

ELECTION: Langley Township mayoralty candidate Jack Froese

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

Jack Froese

Running for mayor in Langley Township

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Retired farmer and police officer, 64

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• Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: Currently mayor of the Township

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Candidate provided bio: My wife, Debbie, and I grew up on farms in the Fraser Valley. In 1973 we were married in Abbotsford. In 1979 we moved to Langley, bought an egg farm and converted it to a turkey farm known as JD Farms Specialty Turkey. While my family and I worked on our turkey farm, I spent 19 years with the Vancouver Police Department, retiring in 2004. I enjoy volunteering, golf and spending time with my grandchildren.

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Website: www.jackfroese.com

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Facebook: @MayorJackFroese

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Phone: 778-918-4917

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Twitter: @MayorFroese

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• Who is your favourite superhero, and why? Superman – He fights evil.

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There are three candidates running for Langley Township’s mayor’s chair. The following are questions 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: Fort Langley

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2. How many years have you lived in Langley?

Answer: 40

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

Answer: All but one

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

Answer: No, housing is within provincial jurisdiction. Municipality should assist where possible with DCC waivers, zoning, etc.

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

Answer: LRT.

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6. Should the municipality fund an arts centre?

Answer: Yes.

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

Answer: Yes.

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8. Does Langley need a new or second hospital to serve the growing population?

Answer: No, expansion or LMH and providing alternative options for health care such as offsite clinics.

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9. Does Willoughby need its own dedicated library?

Answer: Yes

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10. Is there enough effort being made to preserve farmland?

Answer: Yes

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11. Should Langley allow construction of residential towers?

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: No

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

Answer: No. TOL taxes are among the lowest in the region at this time.

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14. Do you support the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline?

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: No

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16. Is Langley being pushed to grow too fast?

Answer: No

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17. Do you support redevelopment of Fort Langley’s downtown?

Answer: Yes

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18. Should development of Brookswood be phased in?

Answer: Yes

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19. Should the Township set a deadline to finish widening 208th Street in Willoughby?

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: No