For Maple Ridge council
• Name: Kristina Brown.
• Residence: Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: associate broker, realtor; Marketing Management Diploma, commercial real estate, BCIT.
• Volunteer work: fundraising coordinator for Yennadon elementary PAC; PAC in Vancouver; sports teams, B.C. Fit Conference
• Who do you support for mayor: still deciding.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: My studies at BCIT were centered around real estate and development, and I believe I have a strong understanding of the development process. I have also spent the past 11 years working as a realtor (outside of Maple Ridge) and managing a real estate office with a small team of realtors. I have relevant life and work experience and can bring perhaps a different perspective from outside of this community.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: So far my campaign remains self-funded.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: I grew up here, graduating from Westview secondary with honours. I lived in Vancouver for about 10 years before returning to Maple Ridge with my family just over two years ago. I am honest, approachable and professional and I know how to work with other people in a way that fosters a culture of respect.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: I would like to see increased density in existing areas, particularly near transit routes, and minimize residential sprawl to preserve land and forests and keep infrastructure costs down, which will help keep our taxes down. I hope to actively attract new business to our community.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: In addition to trying to balance development around services and infrastructure, I would also like to bring more responsibility to the way taxes are spent.
I feel every dollar counts. Community safety is another concern. We have a huge problem that residents are struggling with daily. I don’t believe there is an easy answer, but I do know it will take more than is currently being done to make our residents feel safe.