Name: Joe Bratkowski
Occupation/background: Over 20 years as a small business owner and 15 years on the corporate side. Over 40 years on various boards, striving to keep its dues and taxes reflective of our economic times.
Why are you running for public office?
It is time and I am ready. I have been a councillor for nine years and prior to that a trustee for 12 more. I have been in the community for over 35 years and know Lantzville and its unique characteristics.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues if elected?
Water, downtown revitalization and rebuilding the trust between council and residents. The first task will be a strategic planning session with staff and council to determine our priorities, followed with a public information meeting for input.
How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?
Carefully controlling all costs. I would like to bring municipal salaries more in line with the private sector, contracting out wherever possible, working with different levels of government as partners, utilize new technology to reduce costs, and raise revenues through sponsorship activities.
What do you think it takes to lead Lantzville? Describe your leadership or co-working style.
I see the role of a mayor as a facilitator. We must work together to pinpoint our challenges, develop positive solutions, and achieve our goals in the interests of the community.