Fuller says affordable housing a key issue facing city

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Dave Fuller
 
Tell us about your background.
Local business coach and former owner of Ave Maria Dave Fuller announces he is seeking a seat on city council this fall. Bill Phillips photo
City council candidate Dave Fuller.

My family moved to Prince George when I was five, my father worked for Northwood and then the City of Prince George in their computer department. In 1988 I was a founding partner in Ave Maria Specialties and ran that business until 2017. I have MBA from UNBC and am a Certified Professional Business Coach. I have been active in the community as a volunteer. I have helped on the streets with the Soup Bus and St Vincent De Paul since 1986. In 2004 I was a founding member of PACHA the Peoples Action Committee for Healthy Air and I worked with industry, government, and the community to get a 40 % reduction in particulate levels and a 60 per cent reduction in odour.

Why are you running for council?

My passion is to help people and having sold my business, I now have time to give back to the community in this manner.

What do you think is the most important issue facing the City of Prince George today? Why?

The lack of affordable housing. This issue affects the whole community. Not only do we have an issue with homelessness on the down town streets which makes for safety issues in the down town core, but it also affects those with more money. Without the ability to find affordable housing, businesses will find it hard to find employees that will stay in our community.

Please rank the importance of the following issues facing the city (1 being the most important).
  1. Social Housing
  2. Infrastructure
  3. City Image
  4. Safety
  5. Population Increase
  6. Economic Development
  7. Crime
  8. Transit
  9. Snow Removal
  10. Road Maintenance
  11. Recreation (pools, arenas, etc.)
  12. Downtown Revitalization
  13. Parks
 
Do you support the policy that pays senior exempt staff overtime? Why, or why not?

No I believe that salaried employee should not be eligible for overtime.

What do you believe is the role of a city councillor as it pertains to the day-to-day operations of city hall?

Setting the vision and holding administration accountable for achieving the goals towards that vision

Council recently set the business licence fee for cannabis retailers and producers at $1,000. Do you think this fee is too high, too low, about right and will you support a cannabis retail store application that meets city requirements?

I think it could have been higher and I will support the legal retail sale of cannibis that meets city requirements

The city is currently reviewing the hours to keep Masich Place Stadium open. Do you agree with the current hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., pending scheduled usage and, if so should those hours be maintained?

Yes

We often hear about government being open and transparent. What does that mean to you? Once again, be specific.

It means that taxpayers should be privy to information that affects the amount that they pay on a annual basis. In other words, the taxpayers are the customers and we need to keep them informed of where their money is being spent

Why should people vote for you?

I bring a different skill-set than other Councillors and have a history of getting results

If you could accomplish one thing over the next term, what would that be?

Make a difference in the lives of People in Prince George