Listen to your mind, heart when voting

Editor,

The 962 registered voters of Langley Precinct #166 face tough decisions in the pending elections for the three contested positions for city council.

Currently, we have a highly effective council in office. They are a diverse group representing a wide spectrum of age, gender, sexual preference and experience. They worked together through tumultuous discussions and have shown that they can work together to listen to and legislate according to the wishes of their constituents. Langley would be well served if these incumbents would remain in office.

I know all of the challengers. They are an excellent group of candidates, and I am pleased that they are willing to stand for election and to serve. I hope all the voters of Langley have similarly taken advantage of the opportunities to speak with each candidate.

I strongly believe whatever the outcome of the election, the citizens of Langley would benefit from being served by each of these candidates.

One theme that has emerged in the election rhetoric has been that of representation of adjacent residents (Greater Langley) in the City of Langley civic affairs and whether those who live in Greater Langley should have a larger voice.

Currently, there are seven taxing districts that have elected officials that overlap the city and directly represent Greater Langley’s interest. Further, there are seven citizen advisory committees in Langley government that allow for non-resident membership. So, to say that the interests of those adjacent residents are not listened to is incorrect.

Additionally, there has been a theme expressed of bringing a partisan platform of candidates to the council. Our elected positions are non-partisan by state code.

A town of Langley’s size does not have the resources to expend on partisan battles. If political affiliations enter our local legislative body, we could end up like the state, which is unable to pass its $4 Billion Capital Fund Budget due to a partisan dispute over the Hirst Decision.

I hope the citizens weigh their decisions carefully and listen to their mind as well as their hearts when selecting their candidate for city council.

TIM CALLISON

Langley mayor

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