Although he first announced several months ago that he would seek a seat as a Langley Township councillor in the Nov. 19 election, Dave Stark officially launched his campaign with a May 25 gathering that drew approximately 40 supporters.
Stark is eyeing to serve 25 years, not a single term of three years.
“I was able to share my preliminary platform, information about my life, and my vast and diverse work experience,” said Stark, who is the executive director of Langley Meals on Wheels.
He calls the election “a watershed election” that will either set the Township on an exciting new path to the future, or keep it stagnant by maintaining the status quo created by much of the current council and councils of the past.
“Since I have never been one to conform or rest on the status quo, running for a seat to create this change is something that I must do as a concerned resident. My decision and passion for my hometown is backed up with the significant knowledge, skills, and education that I have acquired over a long and varied professional and personal life.
He said that having worked for almost 30 years with the non-profit sector, 20 years in municipal government, and being the owner of several businesses, he is confident that “no other candidate will have the scope and diversity of experience that I have moving towards the election this fall.”
“I am running because I know that I will bring experience, respect, integrity, humility, teamwork, and a fresh perspective to a council that appears to struggle with many of these characteristics,” he said.
“I am more concerned about people in the Township than I am about the politicking that goes on in chambers. Political infighting over the past two and one-half years has been much of the focus for the majority of council, and not on the people where it should be.”
He added, “During my career I have developed a credible reputation as a listener, community builder, doer, and an outside-of-the-box thinker.”
The main planks of his platform are people and democracy, fiscal responsibility, rural Langley, community planning and building, and transportation.
Apart from his role with Langley Meals on Wheels, Stark is affiliated with a number of organizations, including the Langley Horse Federation and Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise.
A member of Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church, Stark is a founder and chair of Langley Chamber of Community Services. He is a hobby farmer, consultant, and freelance writer.
His website is www.davestarkforlangley.com, which links to his Facebook Fan Page.