Skakun seeking sixth term on city council

Brian Skakun is seeking his sixth term on city council.
Brian Skakun is seeking his sixth term on city council.

He topped the polls in 2014. In 2011, he polled second only to Lyn Hall.

The always outspoken Brian Skakun is definitely a voter favourite and is hoping Prince George voters will give him for a sixth term on city council.

“It has been such a privilege to serve as your elected representative for the past 16 years,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday. “I am down to earth and approachable and have always felt I have been there when called upon for help.”

Having lived in Prince George for the past 50 years, he says he has a good understanding of the community and brings that knowledge to the city council table.

“I’m a hard working dedicated city councillor, that brings my knowledge and passion to each and every council meeting I attend,” he said. “I’m is not shy about sharing my thoughts on a number of issues and will stand up for what I believe is in the best interest of the community.”

He has stated he does not support a consultant’s recommendation to increase city manager Kathleen Soltis’ salary by 15 per cent and he has promised to examine the issue of compensation for senior staff. In addition, he and Frank Everitt have lobbied to re-open in the Quinn Street sani-dump.

“It takes team work to get things done at the city council level,” he said. “Working together to achieve common goals is critical to the success of the city. Being part of the team of mayor, council and senior administration does not mean however, you need to lose your independence of thought and action.”

If re-elected, Skakun said he will focus on a number of issues including a complete review of senior administration compensation, illegal dumping, targeting problem property owners, road rehabilitation, reopening Quinn Street sani dump and transfer station, increasing seniors housing and opportunities and a structured project management model for infrastructure failure.

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