Don McCormick Officially Running for Re-Election as Kimberley's Mayor

Credit: Kootenay Business

If re-elected, McCormick would serve his second term as the Mayor of Kimberley.

Don McCormick says four more years in office is a significant commitment for both he and his family, but says it was his family that encouraged him to run in the first place.

He says leading the community towards sustainable growth has been his top priority, and believes that there has been a significant improvement in that area in the last few years. During his first term, building permits - an indicator of construction values - have increased from $6 million in 2014 to $14 million in 2017.

This investment, he claims, has resulted in $306,000 in new tax revenues which has been used to hold off tax increases beyond the rate of inflation for the last four years.

Other highlights of McCormick's first term in office is the completion of the Mark Creek rehabilitation, repaving Gerry Sorensen Way, and building a strong relationship with Cranbrook.

"We are now poised to enter a new era of prosperity," McCormick says in a press release. "People want to live in Kimberley, and our population growth means prosperity for our business community. Already, more than $50 million in development opportunities is being investigated."

At the same time, McCormick believes there is still a lot of work left to do. Over the next four years, he hopes to further address housing shortages, build a stronger industrial tax base, continue to replace aging infrastructure, and ensure that local businesses have adequate resources going forward.

"I have a plan to accomplish all this, and more. We will be unveiling details about this plan as the election campaign gets underway this fall."

McCormick will be launching a campaign website and social media pages in the near future.

Municipal elections take place October 20. So far, McCormick is the only confirmed mayoral candidate.

- David Opinko / with files from Don McCormick

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