Mark Smed, candidate for Summerland council, said he’s been feeling disconnected from the decisions and direction of the current council.
“I love Summerland, and running for council is an opportunity for me to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” said Smed, who is hoping to change council’s attitude if elected.
“While leadership in community initiatives is important, this must be balanced against the desires of the community. The decisions of the current council seemed to be against the wishes of the majority,” said Smed.
“My goal is to represent the community. I want to provide open, honest communications and work hard to provide you with the information you need to make decisions.”
Smed said he has been involved with committees and sits on the board of directors to the Network Professional Association which has given him experience he can bring to council, along with 26 years in the IT sector.
Smed has lived in Summerland for more than 20 years along with his wife and two daughters, one of whom is graduating this year, and the other who is attending UBC Okanagan.
“I believe there are many opportunities to improve Summerland. I have talked to a number of individuals and there are many great ideas to improve our community,” said Smed.