Adamson eyes NDP nomination in Chilliwack-Hope

Dennis Adamson, electoral area director for Yale at the Fraser Valley Regional District, has announced he's seeking the New Democratic Party's nomination in the provincial Chilliwack-Hope riding.

Dennis Adamson, electoral area director for Yale at the Fraser Valley Regional District, has announced he’s seeking the New Democratic Party’s nomination in the provincial Chilliwack-Hope riding.

Adamson has been an outspoken advocate for residents opposed to “conflict gravel” operations in the region, the same constituency as Chilliwack River Valley resident Glen Thompson is counting on to support his bid for the NDP nomination.

While Thompson has also been an outspoken critic of gravel removal operations, Adamson said he believes that he has the government experience to make a difference as MLA, if he wins the NDP nomination and goes on to take the riding currently held by BC Liberal MLA Barry Penner.

“The fact is I’ve had some experience doing the job as electoral area director, with a $13-million budget to look after,” he said.

Adamson said he sits on 13 FVRD committees, including the Hope airport and recreation commissions and the Fraser Valley Treaty Commission, “and I’ve spent the last three years serving the people.”

In that time, Adamson said he’s travelled some 34,000 kilometres around the region, and spent “countless hours” pouring over government documents.

A former volunteer firefighter, and member of the Yale Ratepayers’ Association, Adamson said he wasn’t politically active until he ran for election in Area B, but since then he has “taken the job seriously.”

“I’ve made some tough choices, because it was the right thing to do, because it was in the best interests of the people,” he said.

Adamson said he’s also been unafraid to speak out on behalf of residents, fighting for cellphone coverage in the Yale area, and saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each for geo-technical studies for needed dike work.

“In the short time I’ve been elected, I’ve accomplished a great deal for my area,” he said.

“I’m just an everyday working guy,” Adamson said, and he looks for “common sense” solutions to problems faced by residents.

“I just feel I’m qualified (to run for provincial elected office) … and I love it,” he said, about his bid for the nomination. “I think I’ve found my calling.”

rfreeman@theprogress.com

Just Posted

Chilliwack students learn about business and charity during entrepreneurship fair

Mt. Slesse Grade 8 kids will be donating 20 per cent of their business profits to the food bank

Work wrapping up in Chilliwack on the Valley Rail Trail expansion

The trail is envisioned as the north-south spine of a future cycling network

Chilliwack saw sub-tropical blast of warm air Wednesday

It didn’t break any official records but it was warmer than usual by several degrees

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

GW Graham wallops Ballenas Whalers in junior football playoff

Logan Buchwitz scored four touchdowns for the Grizzlies in a one-sided 40-0 win.

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

TransLink will immediately suspend work on light rail

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

Most Read