Cathy MacDonald is running for councillor in Langley Township. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Cathy MacDonald is running for councillor in Langley Township. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

MEET THE CANDIDATES

IN THE LANGLEY TOWNSHIP COUNCILLOR RACE: Cathy MacDonald

Ahead of Oct. 15, the Advance Times offers a profile and Q&A opportunity to each candidate

Cathy MacDonald

RUNNING WITH ELEVATE LANGLEY

Business owner, age not provided

Willoughby resident who’s lived in Langley 16+ years

For 16 years my husband and I have raised our family in Willoughby.

I love the community feel. It’s convenient to walk to my local grocer, dance studio, dentist, and favourite restaurant.

As a business owner, I understand budget pressures as costs increase. We need a Township council that will improve all our community’s sports and rec facilities, road congestion, and public safety without costing more to taxpayers.

Raising property taxes makes everything more expensive for local residents. We need a council that is fiscally responsible to keep the cost of doing business as low as possible.

I have the perspective of a mom with 20 years of business experience.

If elected to council, I would support the best solutions for residents and businesses.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathy.bullockmacdonald

Instagram: @cathy4councillor

Website: www.elevatelangley.ca/cathymacdonald/

Phone: 604-866-8913

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Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: No.

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CLICK TO CHECK OUT OUR FULL ELECTION GUIDE ONLINE

Questions:

(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)

1. Should the Township set targets for the creation of more low-income and seniors rental spaces, social housing units, and/or co-op development to improve home security?

Yes.

2. Should the Township create a performing arts venue within the next council term?

Yes.

3. Does the Langley Township fire department need to be expanded in terms of crews, equipment, and/or halls?

Yes.

4. Should property tax increases be restricted to the rate of inflation or lower?

Yes.

5. Should the Township encourage greater housing density in new and existing neighbourhoods?

Don’t know. Every neighbourhood and community is unique, so some may welcome housing density while others do not.

We need to plan smart communities with walkable amenities, schools, and parks for the entire Township.

6. Should the Township do more to build and upgrade roads, sidewalks, and bike paths in fast-growing areas?

Yes.

7. Is the Township’s population growing too fast?

No.

8. Should the Township consider switching to a municipal police force, instead of using the RCMP?

No.

9. Does the Township have enough parks and public spaces to meet the needs of its growing population?

No.

10. Should the Township commit to making a decision on proposed new developments within 12 months or less?

Yes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

How the questions were presented to each candidate

Langley Advance Times readers have repeatedly told us how much they value this important, straight-forward reference guide that helps orient them with the range of choices on the ballots – both at the council and school board levels.

Towards that end, we have attempted to make this package available (along with the following instructions) to each of the candidates in a timely fashion ahead of the Oct. 15 election.

Please read carefully before you start to fill this out.

To help voters in Langley make their choices on election day, the Langley Advance Times is asking local candidates 10 issue-based questions.

You must provide a ‘yes,’ a ‘no,’ or a ‘don’t know’ (Y, N, D) response to EACH of these questions.

Each question MUST be answered with yes (Y), no (N), or Don’t Know (D). This will be published in a grid in the Oct. 6 edition. Any questions not answered will be LEFT BLANK.

Candidates may also expand on ANY OR ALL of these questions (to a maximum of 200 words each). Please note any responses longer than that will be cut off at the 201-word mark.

Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee to run one of these answers in the Langley Advance Times print edition ahead of the election. You must CLEARLY indicate which expanded answer you want to see published in print. If you do not specify, we will choose. Any and all expanded answers provided will be published online at www.langleyadvancetimes.com.

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