Doug O'Brien says he will run in the Parksville city council byelection.

Doug O'Brien says he will run in the Parksville city council byelection.

Another candidate steps up for Parksville byelection

Doug O'Brien says regular, annual tax increases are not sustainable

Doug O’Brien is the second person to announce his candidacy for the vacant seat on Parksville city council.

After retiring as a purchasing agent and branch manager of a B.C. company for 27 years, O’Brien said in a news release he has the time, energy and experience to provide the leadership and vision to be an effective council member.

“Parksville has always been known as that seaside town with a highway running through it leading to other locations of interest,” said O’Brien. “However, Parksville needs to become The Destination, not just for tourists but for the residents and businesses.”

O’Brien said his conversations with Parksville citizens have provided a long list of ideas to enhance and improve the livability and vibrancy of our community. “Regular annual property tax increases are not sustainable and are providing a hardship to many residents and business owners,” he said. Among other volunteer positions, O’Brien has served on the Parksville OCP community advisory committee in 2012 and was the chair of the Parksville citizens advisory committee in 2008. The date for the bylection has not been set.

— NEWS Staff