Spencer Siemens is running for district council. Submitted photo

Spencer Siemens is running for district council

He wants to get youth more involved, improve recreational facilities and address housing

Spencer Siemens is running for Vanderhoof district council.

Siemens, currently a mill worker, spent about four years working with the Chamber of Commerce. He was full-time with the Chamber for three and a half years, and worked there for two summers as a student.

He first ran for district council in 2014, at the age of 20. He says many people thought he was “a joke” in 2014. “I’m serious about running. I would like to make a difference in the community, I just want to get youth engaged and I’ve been interested in politics since I was a young boy … I’m not a joke, it’s not something that people think I took seriously, but I take it seriously. And I would very much like the chance to represent the community I’ve been born and raised in, and that I love to be in.”

Siemens, now 24, says he wasn’t sure if he wanted to try running for a second time, but as the deadline for nominations drew closer, he found himself thinking he would regret it if he didn’t try again.

“I think that I have a voice and a role to play in this community,” he says. “I’m young, I was born and raised in Vanderhoof. I know a lot of people in the community, and I believe there’s things that the community is doing well, but I think there are several different things the community can improve on and make better.”

Siemens says he would like to see the council address some infrastructure issues. He adds that he thinks the district is moving in the right direction with the new aquatic centre and the upcoming skate park, but he would like to see other recreation facilities in town improved as well.

He also wants to address housing in the community. He says it’s a “big problem” both for seniors and other renters. “There’s just a lack of [housing] and the cost of rentals, for a small community, is quite high.”

Affording rent is a big problem, especially for, although not limited to, young people.

He would also like to see young people getting more involved in the community and local politics. “I think that’s a problem and I hope that me running and hopefully getting in would give the chance for youth to be more engaged in several different things throughout the community.”

Although he’s young, Siemens has worked both in customer service and industry sectors, as well as at the local Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve seen both sides of the workforce, and I see the importance of both sides, so I feel that’s an asset.”

Siemens says he hopes the community will get out and vote on Oct. 20. “And vote for a voice that has change, and for the youth.”



newsroom@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Click here for more of our municipal election coverage

Just Posted

Editorial: Go out and play

How much is too much screen time?

CIBC to close its branch in Fraser Lake next year

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is closing its Fraser Lake… Continue reading

Couple selling fake jewelry in Fraser Lake, say RCMP

A man and woman have been defrauding local residents, offering fake jewelry for sale

Gitxsan forming cross-sector salmon management team

Nation again declares closure of fishery in territory for 2019

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHL-themed totem poles

Rebecca Thomas says she received backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise

No plans yet for free WiFi on BC Transit buses

BC Transit says they are monitoring the roll-out of free WiFi on Translink vehicles

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Most Read