Election 2014: team forms on fiscal responsibility

North Cowichan: Group of election candidates announces plans to work together

Teamwork is becoming a trend in this year’s civic election.

First it was the Kids First group sharing resources and ideas in the Cowichan Valley School District.

Now it’s the Team For Accountable Governance in North Cowichan.

Five North Cowichan candidates — Jim Fane, Jagtar Mann, Nick Caumanns, Joyce Behnsen and Laurie Thompson — issued a media release today announcing their shared goals.

They describe themselves as experienced entrepreneurs and business people who want to get North Cowichan back on track. According to their announcement, while they will continue running their own campaigns, they pledge to co-operate and follow through on the following if elected:

  • bring spending and taxes under control
  • make rational decisions about our environment
  • make government accountable
  • manage development to benefit the community

“After a couple of weeks of campaigning, a group of us have found that we share a similar view and vision for North Cowichan,” Thomson said. “As individuals we can’t promise anything except our intentions but, as a group, if elected, we can make commitments we can follow through on.”

“The wrong-minded thinking coming out of our municipal hall has to end. It’s really about restoring some common sense and that means electing a group of reasonable people with varied experience that can find agreement on important issues and get things done,” Fane added  “It was interesting to hear that some of the other candidates share our views. This team could very well grow.”

The group — which prefers to be known as the TEAM — says it will have a combined website operating soon to provide more details of its shared platform.