Candidate Raymond Fromme says business background gives him skills to be strong city manager if elected to Dawson Creek city council

“I think I can understand and comprehend the issues, and realize the opportunities too,” he said.

Fromme has lived in the B.C. Peace region for 15 years and has managed two large farming and ranching operations in the Clayhurst and Cecil Lake areas. He also used to manage a land and environmental services company for the oil and gas industry in Fort St. John. He said he had contemplated retirement, but still works today under contract with the BC Assessment Authority.

He said he has always had an interest in politics, and he loves Dawson Creek, where he now lives with his wife.

“Now I have the time, energy and dedication to try for city council to ensure the quality of life is maintained here,” he said.

Fromme said he believes the city has many great cultural and recreational amenities, and while he doesn’t want to neglect those, he would like to focus on core infrastructure needs if elected. He said the heavy rainfalls this summer exposed problems with the city’s roads and sewers, for example, that he would like to see addressed.

“We need to get the city back in shape – the roads and all of that – that is important to me,” he said.

He added he is pleased with the city’s debt management policy and would like to be an advocate for sound fiscal policy.

Fromme said water security is also a key priority. He said he supports water reclamation project, but believes council will need to look at the long-term options of piping water from another source other than the Kiskatinaw River.

“I see a need to secure the water supply for our citizens,” he said.

He said he would like to see a logical and orderly zoning process that gives clarity to the business community, and would like to see a focus on business development. He added there is an obvious problem with the current level of service at the city’s airport, and while he supports the long-term planning currently underway, he believes council needs to be more assertive in pursuing solutions.

Fromme said the city should also be more assertive when it comes to the pending negotiations with the provincial government on renewing the FairShare agreement because of the large amount of revenue this region generates for the rest of the province.

He added he will also oppose any incursion of oil and gas wellsites into city boundaries, citing the controversial wellsite near the Paradise Valley subdivision as an example.

“I worked in the industry for 15 years, and we need the industry, but we have to draw a line somewhere,” he said.

Fromme was born, raised and educated in Europe and immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1981. Since moving to Dawson Creek, he has spent many years tutoring new immigrants in the English language. He is currently the vice president of the Dawson Creek Literacy Society.

He has also been involved with Crime Stoppers, the South Peace Soccer Association, the Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club, and is an organist for the Notre Dame Catholic Church.

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