Aaltonen running on the TaxpayersFirst team

City of Kelowna: Aaltonen, Billie-councillor candidate says she has good judgement to make strong, rational decisions. 

  • Oct. 30, 2014 7:00 p.m.

1) Spending at city hall has been made an issue in this election campaign. Why do you think the city is or is not spending taxpayers’ dollars efficiently?

Yes. We will know for certain once an audit is completed. No disrespect to the current council, but I believe we can make some changes for the benefit of everyone.

2) What do you think is the single most important social issue facing the city and how do you think city council should address it?

The future of Kelowna is by far the biggest issue. How do we transform Kelowna in order to attract people and businesses to our city. We at taxpayers first have a series of initiative that we are going to put forth to help re-invent kelowna and ignite our city. We are a city made up of 90% small businesses – these businesses need our help. The small business owner is suffering. We want to do our part to make Kelowna a hub of tourism, and to attract new businesses and industries. We need to be resistant to the next economic downturn.

3) The recent Conference Board of Canada grade report for Kelowna had the city receiving a low or failing grade on many issues. Do you feel this report was an accurate reflection of our city? Why or why not?

Yes – i believe it to be accurate. Although kelowna is beautiful and has lots to offer, we could benefit from change or growth in some areas.

4) What in your background will allow you to deal with conflict within our community on issues that come before city council?

I have a degree in Economic and Finance, and spent 8 years working for 3 of the worlds largest oil and gas companies in their corporate credit groups. My life was dedicated to determining the finical health of businesses and industries. In addition, I am a business owner. I have a coffee house and mini mart, as well as a home building company. I love small business, but I know it can be tough. My full time job is as a professional mortgage advisor. I help people deal with their financial issues, and make smart investing decisions.

I am also a mother of young children, and a wife. I want my kids to have big-city opportunities without having to move to a big city. I want them to be safe, and I don’t want them to be forced to leave Kelowna to pursue their careers.

5) What personal characteristics do you think make you qualified to be a city councillor?

I am intelligent and hard working. I also represent a demographic that is not currently being represented on council. I believe that I have good judgement and can make strong rational decisions, and effectively convey the interest of the tax payer.


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