Glassel to run for council

Greendale resident Garth Glassel is running for a seat on council to bring a “common sense” approach to running the city.

Greendale resident Garth Glassel is running for a seat on council to bring a “common sense” approach to running the city.

“You will get trust, honesty, transparency and above all, some accountability,” he said.

He is critical of past tax hikes of almost four per cent in Chilliwack, and pledged to fight for a zero per cent tax increase in 2012, and a three per cent decrease after that.

As someone who has run a number of small businesses, and worked as a consultant since 1989 to the motorcycle industry, Glassel said he has the business savvy needed as a member of city council.

“The economy is in the worse shape ever, seniors are struggling, and there is record unemployment,” he said. “With full-time jobs cuts to part-time, and food and gas prices sky high, council needs to be more prudent and accountable, as there is nothing left in the trough.”

Glassel, 52, has lived in Greendale for the past seven years, and spent the previous eight in Abbotsford. He grew up in Calgary, and initially became an aircraft mechanical engineer before becoming a consultant gaining skills as a mentor, trainer and team leader.

He vows to work to bring the community together to develop a “safer” city, and is critical of spending money on consultants with “no real” results from council and staff.