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Langley is at a critical turning point.

It has nurtured many generations/families but we are growing so quickly now without full consideration of the importance of “Quality of Life” over “Quantity of Development”.

We need to focus on ethics, transparency/accountability of Council, affordability of taxes and housing, safety (fire, police, food, water), preservation of our green spaces, trees, agricultural land, heritage, and wildlife. We need our local politicians to protect what keeps our community so unique. We need balance.

I am a 34-year resident of Langley, mother of 3, wife, volunteer, Professor of Business Management and 6-term Councillor. I believe in this community, its tremendous potential, and its future. I want this great community to last and grow responsibly for our children and grandchildren.

"I have and always will stand up and speak out for our community first. I respectfully ask for your vote again on October 20, 2018."

Biography

Kim, besides serving the public as a Township Councillor is a mother of three, a wife and a Professor of Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she was also previously elected Faculty representative on the Kwantlen Board of Governors.

Kim Richter has been elected 6 consecutive terms as a Langley Township Councillor in British Columbia, Canada. She is a mother to three, a wife and a Professor of Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she was also previously elected Faculty representative on the Kwantlen Board of Directors.

Kim and her husband Bob (a former businessman and corporate executive) moved to the Salmon River Uplands area of Langley from Calgary in 1986. Their three children (Stafford, Sterling & Graecen) all started school at North Otter Elementary and Fort Langley Fine Arts School. Stafford graduated from the University of Victoria. Sterling graduated Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is now an animator and graphics designer and Graecen attends Kwantlen University.

Since moving to Langley, Kim has been an active participant in the community. She believes very strongly in the value of healthy communities and has been a vocal advocate of health issues. Her extensive volunteer activities in health care and her track record at the Council table have demonstrated her ability to work successfully with all sides of an issue. She can agree to disagree. She does her homework and she consults with many before making a decision.

Kim believes that a healthy community is a good place to grow up in and to grow old in. It’s a place where people look out for each other and help one another. In a healthy community, everyone counts not just a special few. This is why Kim has been a strong defender of public input to Council decisions.

Langley was, is, and should continue to be a healthy community and a safe place to live. It’s mainly a question of public input, balance and community priorities.

Says Kim: “I value this community. Bob and I came here to raise our family because we wanted them to grow up in fresh air and green space. We were enchanted with Langley then and we still are. In addition to its natural beauty and its rich history, it is a community of warm and caring people who give generously of their time in many different volunteer capacities. I believe it is vital that

Langley remains a great place to live, work and play.” Kim’s Philosophy and Vision As I look back on the events leading up to the last municipal election, it seems to me that they can all be boiled down to one word: RESPECT. Somewhere along the line, we lost respect: for our community, for the political process, and for our taxpayers.

So this then is my commitment to you. I value and I respect the trust which you, the people of Langley, have placed with me. I will show you this respect on a daily basis:

  • By debating the issues, not the personalities;
  • By being as accessible as possible to anyone in this community who wants to talk to a local government representative;
  • By understanding that there is more than one point of view in this community and by listening to all those points of view before making a decision;
  • And finally by remembering, in any decision I am asked to help make on behalf of this community, that Langley is home to all of us.

This is my pledge to you as together we face the challenges, the opportunities and the decisions of the next decade.

Thank You, Kim Richter

My Priorites and Policies

  • Ethics & Accountability on Council
    • Transparency: No insider deals – No sitting Council member should be allowed to do business with the Township in order to further their own business.
    • More time needs to be spent in the public doing Council business and less time spent behind “closed doors” where decisions are rarely made public
  • Public Safety
    • Protection of homes and properties through comprehensive Fire & Police services: More emphasis on protection against property crime and more training for First Responders
    • Security of local water, land, and food resources
    • Advocate to the Province for the provision of more health care, education, and infrastructure resources to support our rapidly expanding populatio
  • Affordability
    • Reasonable tax increases: Limiting tax increases to no more than cost of living (and preferably decreasing taxes) – it’s more important to keep people in this community than forcing them out due to unreasonable taxes
    • New development needs to pay for itself
    • Integrated and multi-generational development including homelessness solutions and low cost housing alternatives to keep families together
  • Preservation
    • Protect green spaces, rivers, streams, and trees
    • Preserve agriculture lands and foster young/new farmer use of these lands
    • Preserve and protect our water resources (aquifers, groundwater, and streams)
    • Protect wildlife corridors and their inhabitants
    • Preserve our rich heritage as the “Birthplace of BC”
    • Respect our unique relationship with the First Nations and honour their lands, heritage and history
  • Community
    • Foster sustainable growth which focuses on walkable and liveable neighbourhoods including improved parks, transit, parking, and roads
    • Ensure all generations can live and age in place
    • Keep families together
    • Build for future generations

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