Andy Shadrack wants to be Kaslo’s mayor and has just filed papers with Elections BC to run in the upcoming election.
He says he will be campaigning on five main issues.
“There is a very good possibility that Kaslo could generate its own electricity. There are many places around the province with significant costs reductions in their operations by doing that.”
He says hydro power would be generated in the Kaslo water system.
Shadrack also wants to address affordable housing by “looking at ways of doing the financing that would help put some local money on the table.”
He also wants to integrate recycling in Kaslo and the rural areas. He wants to make sure that “Kaslo residents are not paying twice for recycling and waste management.”
He says he’s also interested in expanding Kalso’s sewer system.
And he wants to make sure Kaslo is dealing well with interface wildfire protection.
Shadrack is a veteran of many political campaigns. He has run for mayor of Kaslo once before, unsuccessfully. Since the mid-1990s he has run twice provincially and twice federally for the Green Party. He was elected to the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay for two terms until 2014.
He has served as president of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Municipalities and on the executive of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
His political career has spanned 55 years, he says, starting when “I got inducted into the British Conservative Party by Winston Churchill at age 13.”
Kaslo’s current mayor, Suzan Hewat, has not yet announced whether she plans to run for re-election.