Slogan: A strong confident leader who cares about Whistler.
Occupation; Businessman. Co-owns with partner Lauren Wornig, Skitch and Mountain Crests.
Volunteerism: Olympic board member, member of the local business work group the Commerical Core Committee, chairman of One Whistler.
Sports: skier, snowboarder, mountainbiker, squash.
Other hobbies: His two dogs, Jack and Fern.
Web site: www.DaveForMayor.ca
Last book read: The ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken and Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt.
Why are you running for mayor?
I think our future requires a different skill set in order to address some of the daunting challenges that we are facing. I see those specifically as a lack of economic growth, as the resort continues to mature; a lack of funds, due to the inability to generate the revenue we used to be able to get from the development of real estate; and the continued pressure on residents as the cost of living, largely housing costs, continue to rise.
And we are facing all of this in resistance to higher property taxation.
We are also, perhaps, facing an Olympic event in 2010.
I think we need an understanding of fiscal responsibility, that is money in and money out. We need to look at what things we can afford and what things should costs.
There also needs to be a little less hurry to spend money and a little more long term planning. We need more entrepreneurial pro-action so we are ready to do things.
I think we definitely need a more open, transparent government. My background is in customer service. I am not from within the government. I am from outside of it. My connection is more to the people on the outside and I think we could all do very well by that.
And finally there is the issue of leadership. I have that through my experience with all my businesses, and my experience with organizations that I chair and I sit on. I think we need to get council focused on being proactive, being organized, being able to take advantage of opportunities, and most importantly getting back out to the public and really being driven to do that. That takes leadership.
What are the major accomplishments/failures of the last council?
I think we have to show due respect for the things the last council has done. The one thing that I think people dont give credit for is just the basic things that Whistlers government is required to do. Thats water, sewer, fire protection, policing, looking after the parks and so on. I dont think we can ignore the fact that those things tick along.
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