What it means is he wants to stay on as mayor to keep working on the projects he’s been a part of as a councillor and since he’s been mayor.
Streeper was elected as a city councillor in 2002 and has been mayor since 2009. Since then he boasts a multitude of improvements to the city under himself and council, including finishing the recreation centre on time and on budget, improving the streets and roads, creating the regional municipality and the increase of local workers in the Horn River Basin.
After what he considers a successful three years, why run again? He does it for his family.
“I’m a grandpa, and I’m married to a grandma, and we have grandchildren here. With the oil patch going in the aspect it is, all my three children live here. I’ve been very successful in this town, and it is one way that I can give back to the people.”
An accomplished business man, Streeper ran his own oil field company until 2006, something he says gives him an advantage in the mayoral race. He says he looks at a town like a business; people want various services, but how they’ll be paid for has to be worked out.
“To me, that’s responsible government, and that is what I bring in from my business background. There’s only so much money, and we have to use it wisely.”
Streeper is now retired and particularly enjoys the summers in Fort Nelson and loves to go camping and enjoying the outdoors. Although he spends approximately 7 weeks of the winter a year at his home in Costa Rica, he says it doesn’t affect his abilities as mayor. He argues he keeps in touch over the phone and internet and says he only missed three meetings last winter.
Streeper was voted in by acclamation three years ago, after his two opponents dropped out of the race. He says he welcomes the competition of Doug Roper and anyone else who decides to run for mayor this time around.
Potential candidates have until October 14 to hand in their nomination forms.