Candidate James Bridges looking to bring balance, transparency to Dawson Creek city council

Bridges served nine years on the board of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce, including four years as president, and he said he is eager to continue that service to the community.

“My main objective is to serve the people of Dawson Creek, and that’s one reason I have been on the Chamber board for so long, is to help serve the business community,” he said. “I feel that business need to be represented – not that they are not now, but I would like to be a voice for business.”

“I just want to be a part of what’s going to happen in the future,” he added. “Dawson Creek is a great place to live, a great place to raise our children, and a great place culturally for our children.”

He said expanding service at the airport is an example of the kind of initiative he would like to keep at the forefront of city council because of its importance to businesses and the broader community.

“We as a Chamber board have worked to try and see us have more availability of flights going east and south, and this airport sustainability plan is very important to our community,” he said.

Bridges added social sustainability is also a key focus of his, particularly the issue of affordable housing.

“I would like to city council work towards affordable housing for single parents, young families and seniors. With this economic development that is happening right now, it’s almost housing people out of the housing market.”

He said if elected he would like to look at how council might encourage developers who specialize in low-cost housing to build in Dawson Creek.

Bridges said there are many positive developments happening in the city, and he wants to ensure council is not placing too much emphasis on one area over another.

“We have arts and culture, green initiatives, the growth of oil and gas, and our small businesses, and there needs to be a comprehensive plan to bring all of these things into balance,” he said. “If we don’t have a balance, we are going to be lopsided in our growth.”

He added increasing transparency about the decisions made by council is another priority. He said he would like to take better advantage of social media and the city’s website to communicate council’s decisions to the public.

“If people don’t know why decisions are made, it’s easy to jump to conclusions about why things are done, so more transparency would help eliminate some of the questions the community has.”
Bridges moved to Dawson Creek with his wife 10 years ago. He currently works for Mountain View Safety doing for drug screening analysis. He is also the pastor at the Apostolic Lighthouse Tabernacle, and has served on provincial, national and international boards through the church. He is also a sitting board member of the Conservative Party of Canada’s Prince-George Peace River Electoral District Association, and a representative for Dawson Creek on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Community Advisory Board.

In the past, he has also worked in various industries including logging, pipefitting, sales and marketing, and consulting.

Bridges and his wife have a daughter and a grandson who live in Dawson Creek.

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