I am seeking my fourth term as director for Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B. By working together as town and rural directors, we have been able to make progress and ensure our valley continues to grow and prosper.
It is more important now than ever that your elected officials form a cohesive unit to address the issues of the entire valley. I can say without hesitation this past term as your director has been one of the most productive ever.
Working with the new town manager Lou Varela under the leadership of Mayor Ron Toyota and Couns. Judy Gadicke, Tanya Ducharme, Wes Graham, Jerry Schmalz, Joanna Wilson and Len Folkman has produced a new valley concept of fixing problems regardless of area. This teamwork approach eliminates heretofore parochial boundaries and allows us all to work for the common good.
Teaming up with Area A director Garry Jackman, Area C director Larry Binks and Creston Mayor Ron Toyota has resulted in projects and issues moving forward to the benefit of all the people in the Creston Valley.
You will now have the opportunity to once again choose your elected officials for another three-year term. Please take the time to vote and support those who have been working for you. We have an excellent town council, and the four regional directors work as a team.
I ask for your support Nov. 19 for director of Area B to allow me to continue working for you.
John Kettle is running for a fourth term as director of Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B.
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The Advance asked each candidate for Creston town council and mayor, Regional District of Central Kootenay director and School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) trustee — as well as acclaimed directors Garry Jackman (Area A) and Larry Binks (Area C) — to submit about 300 words to describe their goals, background, qualifications, concerns — whatever mattered to them. Of the 27 candidates, only two, Jackman and Creston town council candidate Louis Mihaly, chose not to make a submission.