Prospective councillor Scott Kershaw.                                 Submitted photo.

Prospective councillor Scott Kershaw. Submitted photo.

Scott Kershaw is running for council in Barriere

‘Let’s get things done’

Scott Kershaw was born and raised in Barriere. He moved away for work but returned 15 years ago to start his family. Now, like some of his family before him, Kershaw is running for council.

Question: What made you want to run for councillor?

A: “I see some really interesting challenges coming ahead.” He said Barriere is yet to form a plan for dealing with the legalization of cannabis. He said there are also real issues in solid waste management. “I think these are kind of fun challenges to figure out … I’m in a position where I want to take on some challenges.”

Question: What do you believe qualifies you for the position?

A: The owner of Insight Tirecraft said, “I’ve been in business, either in management or owning my own business, for the majority of my working life.”

He said he has experience with contracts and has served on many boards of directors. “It’s a group of people coming together to solve problems,” just like a council. “I’ve been involved in some interesting projects on these boards and I think I bring some of what I’ve learned back to the town.”

Question: What are the more important issues in Barriere?

A: “How do we attract an investor to come to town to build some affordable housing options,” he said, is one of the most important questions. He suggested looking at commercial tax rates to make sure they’re competitive with other towns. “Are they going to get the return on their investment by building in Barriere that they would in Kamloops or somewhere else?”

Question: What would you like to change?

A: “I don’t think we need to do a whole bunch of change. We need to finish the projects that have already been started,” he said, such as the Aquatic centre. “It’s not quite up to where they wanted it to be yet and I’d like to get involved and see where to go from there.”

Question: Why should people vote for you?

A: “I think that I’m somebody that’s going to get things done for people. I’m not looking to grow the government per say, I’m just looking to get the important things done that we need done,” he said. “Let’s get things done.”

Question: How can people get in touch with you?

A: You can reach Kershaw by calling 250-319-7281 or emailing him at scottwkershaw@hot