Another Revelstoke business person has thrown his hat into the ring for a run at a council seat.
Chuck Ferguson, who is best known in town through his involvement with the Village Idiot, Big Eddy Pub and Chubby Funsters, announced Thursday he is running for council.
“I think it’s time for a change,” he told the Times Review in an interview.
Ferguson, like all the new candidates so far, said he is running on a platform of attracting new business to Revelstoke, reducing city spending and trying to keep taxes low. He also wants to get young people more involved in city politics.
“One of the big things is people don’t think they can make a difference, but at this grassroots level they can talk directly to the people involved in making decision,” he said.
One of his big concerns is finding work for young people who are moving to town and starting families. He wants them to be encouraged to start businesses and find good jobs, and be involved in the city.
“Young people think they don’t make a difference, but they really do,” he said. “I won’t be here in 20 years but these young people will be. These decisions that are made now will require the support of these young people.”
Ferguson said he wants to see the city be more aggressive in trying to bring businesses to come to town. Rather than waiting for them to come to us, we should be pursuing them.
“I think the council has to be more progressive and not react to anything,” he said. “Be more progressive and look for businesses to come to town and encourage ways to help them with grants.”
He brought up ideas like a truck depot, or small recycling businesses.
The other issue he brought up was city spending.
“We’ve got to figure out ways to do things a little better, without having to buy brand new equipment every time you turn around,” he said. “If you ran the city like you run a business, we could get rid of this deficit. If you ran your business like the city’s being run, we’d be broke.”
The Big Eddy Waterworks issue is what spurred Ferguson to run, saying the city’s handling of the matter is stunting development there.
“This is the type of stuff that shouldn’t e kept from the public, no matter how sensitive it is,” he said. “Peoples businesses and lives are at stakes here.”