Cary Van Zanten eyes White Rock council seat

WHITE ROCK — A new face has emerged in the White Rock civic election.

Cary Van Zanten, who moved to White Rock last year, said he’s grown to love the community he’s in and wants to make a difference at the civic level.

Having lived in Delta and South Surrey for the past 37 years, the retired horticulturalist said he wants to focus mostly on whatever can be done about the current train issues, as well as setting a business plan for the city to move it into the future.

"If you don’t say something, nothing’s going to happen," said the first-time candidate.

"That business attitude in council is missing and that’s what I hope to bring."

Van Zanten said he wants to ensure that White Rock has controlled development and understands that the city needs those changes to keep moving forward.

"The income comes from development and if we don’t have new products going on then where do our tax dollars come from? If you don’t make changes you’re going to go

backwards and that’s what White Rock has to do, but we have to do it right," he said.

"I hate seeing closed doors in White Rock, it’s extremely busy in the summer time but we need to be extremely busy the whole time to be successful."

In other election news, the previously announced team of six council candidates have settled on a name.

The group, consisting of Coun. Grant Meyer, Coun. Bill Lawrence, Cliff Annable, Megan Knight, Doug Hart and Lynne Sinclair will be called the White Rock Coalition.

In a release, Meyer said he was happy to be working with the group.

"I am proud to be one of the founding members of White Rock Coalition because it’s time that our city has a team of people representing a wide variety of interests and expertise who are able to bring independent viewpoints to issues facing our community, but at the same time who are able to work together with a common goal of achieving the very best decision for the entire city of White Rock."

The 2014 civic election takes place Nov. 15.

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