Jeremy Blaskovits is stepping into local politics in the upcoming municipal election. The 20 year resident of Lake Country is running for councilor in the Okanagan Centre ward.
Blaskovits says he will rely on information gathered from the public in the final weeks leading up to the November 19 election to iron out the details of his campaign platform. However there are already several items on his agenda that he believes are crucial to maintaining the community as a good place to raise a family.
“I want to focus on the future of Lake Country and for that we need obtainable goals,” says Blaskovits.
Blaskovits goes on to explain that obtainable goals must start with building a more diverse tax base. He suggests working to redraw the municipal border shared with Kelowna so that the Beaver Lake Road industrial park is included in Lake Country.
With a diverse tax base in place that eases the financial burden on residential taxpayers, Blaskovits says the District could begin to look at improving access throughout the community. Sidewalks and small buses servicing currently unserviced areas of the community are issues that he wishes to look into.
Affordable housing in Lake Country is another priority item for Blaskovits. He says initiatives such as Project Build in the Sageglen subdivision are a great way for the community to enable Lake Country’s younger residents to continue living in Lake Country as they raise families of their own. He is supportive of seeing more of these kinds of partnerships and as a councilor he says he would work towards increasing these opportunities in Lake Country.
Blaskovits’ work life puts him in contact with the general public on a daily basis. He currently works as a teller at Interior Savings Credit Union and has previously been employed in Lake Country as a bartender and in the local construction industry. Speaking with his fellow citizens has led him to believe that there is a perceived communication barrier between council and the public. Blaskovits says that if elected, one of his goals will be to break down that barrier and encourage more public input on municipal affairs.
Although he currently lives in Oyama, Blaskovits has chosen to run in the Okanagan Centre ward because it is the neighbourhood that he is most familiar with, having spent most of his life there. In the future he and his wife Kate plan to move back to Okanagan Centre to raise their daughter.
To provide feedback to Blaskovits visit his website at sites.google.com/site/jeremyblaskovits and respond to his online survey.