Computer engineer Damir Wallener is the second candidate officially vying for North Cowichan’s mayor’s chair.

Wallener wants to be mayor

Damir Wallener has announced he is running for mayor of North Cowichan

Damir Wallener is the second candidate officially vying for North Cowichan’s mayor’s chair in B.C.’s Nov. 15 civic election,

His announcement Friday, Aug. 7 puts computer engineer Wallener in the mayoral race with current councillor John Koury.

Mayor Jon Lefebure reconfirmed with the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial that he’s still on the fence about seeking another term until mulling options with his family during summer holidays.

Wallener ran as the local B.C. Conservative in the 2013 election.

But he told the News Leader “there is also the issue that there are no parties at the municipal level.”

“That means I can advocate for what I believe is right, without worrying about party and policy restrictions decided elsewhere,” he explained. “There is a tremendous freedom in that, because it allows me to talk to everyone, regardless of political persuasion, and use the best ideas no matter where or whom they come from.”

Wallener’s press release outlines his core principles of ensuring “the future vitality and prosperity of our very special region of B.C.”

Those include an appreciation that not all development is equal, and that we must emphasize those that genuinely move us forward economically; an understanding that our natural beauty is our strongest physical asset, and the most powerful lure we have for visitors and new businesses; an approach to municipal spending that recognizes fiscal prudence as a key element of sustainability; recognition North Cowichan and the CVRD are partners in a larger community, and “neither one of us can prosper unless we both prosper;” and acceptance elders and seniors are a vital part of our communities, and that we all benefit when we integrate with each other.

Wallener’s former company developed high-performance appliances for financial markets. His current company, SmartFork, has developed special eating utensils.

His family raises heritage-breed pigs and chickens, while maintaining ties to local homeschooling and special education communities, as well as volunteering for Cowichan Search & Rescue.

He’s “especially interested in ways of improving our valley’s economic vitality without sacrificing a clean world for his children.”


Just Posted

BC local elections: CVRD Area G voters ask questions about water, community centre

Saltair voters gathered under the roof of the community centre, a building… Continue reading

Ladysmith Public Art strategy holding back alleys and forgotten corners walk

Thanks to those who attended our Public Arts 101 Talk at the… Continue reading

BC local elections: Ladysmith town council candidate Amanda Jacobson

Current occupation: I am a mortgage broker; I have been helping people… Continue reading

BC local elections: Ladysmith town council candidate Malcolm Sacht

Current occupation - Professional Mariner at Seaspan Marine. Background- I grew up… Continue reading

BC local elections: Ladysmith town council candidate Marsh Stevens

Current occupation: President of Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, Stay-at-Home Parent/Homeschool Teacher to… Continue reading

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Police hand out a few hefty fines for allegedly violating Cannabis Act

Police in Canada posted a photo of a $215 ticket given to someone who allegedly had a baggy of marijuana in their car

Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill reminder

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Most Read