Ward 3 - Jeff Land, and James Wilson
My name is Jeff Land and I am running for a council position in Ward 3 in the municipal election on November 28, 2022.
I have lived in Albert County all my life. I grew up in Hopewell Cape, lived in Alma for several years, and reside now in Hillsborough. I have sat on the Hillsborough Village Council for the past seven years. The three projects that were important to me during that time were the building of the Artisan Village, the renovation of the Hillsborough Arena and the upgrading of the swimming pool.
I am running to help make a difference in Fundy Albert. We need to maintain and build our infrastructure. I support small business and tourism, which would encourage people to stay in the area longer. Route 114 needs to be recognized as a tourism corridor that would bring more federal money for its maintenance.
The municipal reform process has not been brought forward very well, and it's going to need a lot of work to put this together as one municipality that is responsive to the needs of its residents. I would appreciate your support on November 28.
My name is James Wilson and I am running for the position of Councillor for Ward 3. I have run previously in the 2018 and 2020 provincial elections as an independent and have served since 2021 as a member of the Hillsborough Local Service District advisory committee. We are in exciting times with many rural areas of the province holding their first municipal election since the end of county government in the 1960s.
This has come with concerns about increased taxation and rural areas being ignored. There is an old quote that states, "There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things." The newly minted municipal government for Fundy Albert will have to address the unique needs of diverse communities over a much larger geographic area than has been the case previously and while there is still not a great deal of faith in the new system. The first thing that needs to be done, in my estimation, is to make a solid commitment to transparency.
During the pandemic I attended a meeting of the Hillsborough Village Council via video link. While the idea behind having a real-time recording of the meeting was good, the implementation was poor as you could not even hear what was being said. We can do better! And with the much larger size of the new municipality, we must do better so that everyone, regardless of whether they can physically make it to the meetings, can clearly hear their representatives' views. But we can go further. The secretary, or other municipal official, could receive online questions to present to Council. Regardless of whether you live in Upper Coverdale or downtown Alma, or just can't get around like you used to, you could have meaningful participation in your local government.
I also feel a strong voice for the rural areas of the new municipality is a necessity. The government has promised that rural areas will not be taxed for services they do not receive. I would hold the government to that promise. I would likewise oppose importing the more restrictive building codes of urban areas into rural areas.
For my thoughts on these and other issues, you can visit my campaign site (www.facebook.com/james4albert) or contact me by email at email@example.com