Why are you running for council?
I’m running for the town council because I grew up in Happy Valley Goose Bay and I'm interested in the future of our town. Our town is changing very quickly with all of the new development. I have been very vocal on many topics in the past and continue to speak out on issues/concerns that are of concern to our community. I want to represent the people of Happy valley Goose Bay as a councillor.
What are you top three priorities?
Housing — As co-chair of the Happy Valley Goose Bay Housing & Homelessness coalition I'm quite aware of the housing shortage in our town. We have people living in tents, sleeping in the woods, sleeping in old cars and couch surfing. Many families are faced with ever increasing rent and housing costs. There is not enough affordable housing to meet our town’s needs and rent has skyrocketed. The price of land and houses makes it very difficult for a young family to start off. I believe the housing shortage is going to get worse if we do not come up with a solution in the very near future.
Development — I believe that with all the new development happening in the town we need to have a better plan in place. I feel the community should be included in decision making about those developments; we need a transparent and accountable town council. Obviously the town needs more land developed for the growing population but should the price of land be at such a high cost? How can we ensure that development in HV-GB will benefit everyone in our community? These are questions that need to be asked.
Proposed increased Hydro rates — As a councillor I would work persistently to keep the rates as they are. I think the town should organize public meetings and work with all of the other communities in Labrador to ensure there is no increase. We pay enough for hydro as it is.
Why should people vote for you?
Happy Valley-Goose Bay is my home and I want to see the best for our community. I’m employed with the Department of Justice. I'm a very active volunteer and voice for community concerns. I sit on several committees and am aware of the many challenges that face our community. If elected I would listen and work hard to represent the residents and speak on behalf of the people. I have been the recipient of "Citizen of the Year Award" and "Queen’s Jubilee Medal" for my outstanding community work. I would like to continue to work for our community as a dedicated town councillor. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On September 24, vote JACKIE COMPTON HOBBS.