Jesse Schroeder made a strong impact as a candidate in May’s federal election and he said he received a lot of encouragement to run for Parksville council.
He’s not running so much on his own issues, he said but to address ongoing issues.
“My concerns are one thing, but people are looking to have more involvement, better representation and better communication,” he said, pointing out there will be a lot of unfinished business carrying forward from the current council.
“It’s not so necessary to bring new issues to the table,” he said, explaining while he is passionate about issues like water security, public transportation and sound fiscal management, he is most interested in “a new approach to municipal politics.”
“The great bias of the city — which is a corporation — is that they want to sell you services,” he said with the example that rather than a $50 million central water service, what if the city bought filters for individual house taps to save pumping treated water around the city and stop people from watering lawns and flushing toilets with drinking water.
“The danger with a $50m project, is when you’re done, what if it’s not the best technology or the most up to date?”
He said he’s not opposed to centralized systems, but a full proper analysis has to be done.
“It’s all about the best allocation of resources, this is not a huge city, how do we optimize the resources we have and make it work in the regional context?” he asked, pointing out he lives in Nanoose Bay but uses Parksville as his main service base, as many people do and the city has to be planned in a regional context.
Born and raised in the area Shroeder, 33, attended Kwalikum Secondary School and has been involved in an array of activities and groups from minor sports, to the Kinsmen, of which he was once president. He sat on the Community Centre board, worked with community radio and is a founding member of the Oceanside Overdrive car club.