Maple Ridge election 2014: : James ‘Buddy’ Rogers

For Maple Ridge council.

  • Nov. 13, 2014 8:00 a.m.

For Maple Ridge council

• Name: James ‘Buddy’ Rogers.

• Residence: No. 7 – 12095, 228 St., Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X 6M2.

• Occupation/education:  private post-secondary, music industry.

• Volunteer work: Iron Horse Safe House, Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and countless fundraising events for various charities as a musical performer.

• Who do you support for mayor: I like both Ernie Daykin and Nicole Read since seeing the mayoral debates and researching their platforms. I also have met with both of these candidates personally and feel that I could work well with both of them.

 

Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.

Answer: I’m a lifelong resident of Maple Ridge. My children live here. My experience running private sector businesses, including an accredited private school, my knowledge of the Internet, computers, networking technologies and my familiarity with the power of social media tools can all be harnessed to the benefit the community.

 

Q: Who is funding your campaign?

A: My campaign is funded entirely via grass roots support. I’ve accepted volunteer time and money from individuals who feel I will help voice their concerns at council. I have also raised money with local fundraising social events. At no time will I accept funding from corporations or private business interests.

 

Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?

A:  I’m new to council; I’ll bring a fresh approach. I’ve worked for businesses here, have run my own and now work in IT for a school. I’m raising my children here. All this allows me to relate to my constituents. My being high-tech literate will also benefit our community.

 

Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?

A: Maple Ridge needs to become more self-sustaining. The path to a better lifestyle here lies in developing the local commercial and industrial base, and making intelligent decisions on residential planning.

 

Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?

A: to use our tax dollars most efficiently, taking another look at what we’re paying for and why. By focusing on a more efficiently run community, we can make better decisions.