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Trevor Hamre running for council
First-time town council candidate Trevor Hamre is hoping to represent the most vulnerable in our community, and give them a voice.
"I am a radical social justice advocate, so I work on issues of anti-poverty and environmental issues primarily," he said. Hamre, originally from Saskatoon, has lived in eight different resort communities throughout his 20s, and has a lot of experience working in low-income jobs. Having spent much of his 20s and early 30s living under the poverty line, Hamre can relate to the struggles of people in this position.
"It's unfortunate that what's being offered to young people in small communities." And with that being said, Hamre understands why services such as the food bank are so vital.
"I think the town could do a lot better in funding the food bank, which is the baseline of how our community is doing. And we are seeing a massive influx of need in the food bank, and most of those people are working class and fixed income people. So that is a big concern of mine," said Hamre.
Hamre may be quite radical when it comes to social justice, but he insists he is quite the opposite when it comes to the budget.
"I am fiscally conservative, and I would like to see the town review their spending and cut back on unnecessary spending, and possibly, hopefully, reduce taxes for both business and residential," he said.
"The reality is we're going through hard times, and the municipality needs to cut back."
Although new to municipal politics, Hamre is not a stranger to civic involvement. He has been involved with the Union of British Columbian Municipalities, and has met with politicians all across the province through UBCM meetings. He is a member of the Council of Canadians, has volunteered for the past six years with the local chapter of Food not Bombs, and is a former member of the Golden Food Bank's Board of Directors.
Hamre holds a diploma in Professional Management from Selkirk College in Castlegar, and he currently runs Bizarre Entertainment.
Hamre has several ideas for what he would like to see done in council, were he to be elected.
"When it comes to what is doable in the next three years, I would like to look at alternatives to water metering for residential homes," he said, adding that he has been researching the viability of "water capturing units."
"I am also concerned about affordable housing… I'd like to see a realistic plastic bag reduction in the community, and I have plans for that. And I also believe in encouraging tourism."
Hamre says he would be very honoured to represent Golden on town council, but wants to make sure he is elected for the right reasons.
"I want to be very honest and transparent in my campaign, and I want to be elected based on my values and beliefs, because I do think a community can be judged on how we treat our unfortunates, and that really needs to be looked at strongly here."