Like many candidates in this year’s election, Richard Barkwill sees the land swap as a critical issue.
Barkwill works for the Canada Revenue Agency, but lives on a farm with his wife Therese Washtock, their horses, dogs and chickens. He said there are other options for growth rather than pulling 80 hectares of farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Barkwill believes Summerland’s arts community could enhance both the quality of life in Summerland and its economic growth if it was properly supported. He also believes developing programs and services for seniors will attract more retirees, which will provide jobs for all skill levels.
Barkwill said if elected, he will also be bringing his background as a Certified General Accountant with a Masters in Business Administration to the council table.
“I am very concerned about the state of the town’s finances, but I also believe people are willing to pay taxes if they feel they are getting value for their money.”