A year and a half ago, Dave Rowan of Dave’s Towing put a sign in the back of his tow truck implying that he might run for mayor one day.
“It’s time to move over Gaetz the big dog is movin in,” the sign spotted in March 2017 said.
This week, Rowan announced he is indeed running for mayor.
He said his campaign will be based on a platform of transparency and responsible spending, honesty, and affordable housing.
“We want to make it known to the public what and where we’re spending our money,” said Rowan, in a release about his candidacy.
Rowan won’t “hide or cover up” anything that goes wrong, and plans to be accessible to the public, as well open to their input or help.
Housing needs even more attention.
“Affordable housing is very important to me as the houses that are going up now are for not the common folk,” he said.
He plans to support affordable options for low-income families and individuals.
The battle against crime and drugs can partly be waged by “getting homeless into housing and getting help for those who want it. Those who don’t need to move on,” he said.
And the “move over Gaetz” sign isn’t the only one he’s had in his truck. Earlier he had one that said: “Give ‘em all fentanyl.”
Rowan, 55, said he was born and raised in Chilliwack.
He started Dave’s Towing in 2004, and prior to that worked as an exterior painter for 15 years.
“I would like run for mayor with the same platform that I use to run my company: ‘Honesty. integrity, affordable and transparency’ to all I work with and for,” he said.
His hobbies include racing, gold-panning, and outdoor activities. Rowan has been volunteering with the Northwest Mud Racing Association since 2003.
“Safety is very important to me,” he said.