Creston council candidate Joe Snopek wants to protect health care

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  • Oct. 29, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Joe Snopek is running for Creston town council in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

Joe Snopek is running for Creston town council in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

Penny A.P. AndersonKevin BoehmerEvelyn BradfordJen ComerArnold DeBoonJim ElfordDaniel GuertsLon HansenMyrna JohnsonJoe SnopekKaren UnruhEd Vondracek and incumbent Joanna Wilson are running for Creston town council in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

 

What experience do you have that would make you an effective councillor?

I am offering my experience of 12 years — six as councillor and six as mayor — to the residents of Creston. I believe that only residents of Creston should be able to run for office, as all decisions made at the council table directly impact the taxpayers of our town.

My community involvement is president of the Handy Capable Housing Society (Glaser Terrace) for four years, president of Creston restorative justice for 13 years, president of the fall fair association for two years and president of the Kaminoho, Japan, sister city society.

 

What is your top priority for the next town council?

As mayor, our council, along with directors Kettle, Mann and Mayers-McKenzie, was responsible for setting up the doctor hiring program. My priority is heath care, as we are a growing population. We must protect doctors, nurses, our hospital and all other phases of health.

 

Should the Creston Valley have a single, locally managed form of government?

The town, along with areas A, B and C of the regional district, explored a district municipality concept without direct action. I am sure that this is a workable solution for some of out future goals.

 

How many council/committee meetings have you attended in 2014?

I did not attend any meetings because 4 p.m. is an unreasonable time to hold important meetings. They should be held at 7 p.m. so the working public can attend.

I see budgeting for taxation an important step for council so that the ability to pay for the residential taxpayer is considered.

I have lived in Creston since 1982, operating an auction business, working hard to be successful and involved with my community.

I am always a phone call away: 250-431-8333.