Harv Westeringh has announced he will be running for city councillor in the upcoming elections.
The realtor/builder is the eighth person to go public with intentions of seeking a council seat in recent weeks.
Westeringh was born and raised in Greendale, and lives in Rosedale.
“I have lived in Chilliwack my whole life,” he said. “I grew up here, my wife grew up here, and our kids have grown up here.”
Westeringh has been involved in real estate since 1994, and a builder since 1996.
“My wife and I started a small dairy farm in East Chilliwack in 2011,” he noted.
“Being involved in these three different industries gives me a wide perspective of some of the local issues.”
Westeringh said he believes in being fiscally responsible, maintaining a low taxation rate, and supporting the “pay as you go” philosophy, as Chilliwack continues to grow.
With a long-standing interest in municipal issues, he’s aware of the issues the current council has wrestled with.
“There are some real challenges currently facing us,” he said.
If successful in his bid to get elected, he plans to focus on: crime and public safety, affordable housing, protecting the ALR, and expanding the local economy.
Westeringh has been president of the East Chilliwack Elementary PAC, involved extensively in the ice hockey community, as youth coach, youth trainer, president of the Upper Fraser Valley Hockey Association, old-timers hockey, youth soccer coach, Chilliwack Holstein 4-H, and past director of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.