Langley Township council candidate Dave Stark said when it comes to farmland, heâ€™ll only vote one way.
â€œMy approach is very clear,â€ said Stark. Heâ€™s pledged that heâ€™ll vote against any attempt to remove land from the protection of the Agricultural Land Reserve.
This is Starkâ€™s second run for a council seat. Three years ago, he was part of the Vote Langley Now group that was organized around then-mayor Rick Green. None of the contenders with Vote Langley Now were elected.
Now Stark is running as an independent.
â€œIt was a learning experience last time,â€ Stark said, one heâ€™s put behind him.
Stark has experience with a lot of non-profit enterprises in Langley, from Meals on Wheels to starting a chamber of commerce-style association for charities and non-profits.
He is currently director of the Langley Horse and Farm Federation.
From a farming and fishing background, he currently runs a small hobby farm in Glen Valley.
Itâ€™s that agricultural background and present work that led him to his decision on ALR land.
Stark said he wants to repair the â€œdysfunctionalâ€ relationship between the council and the community, pointing to issues in communities like Brookswood, Willoughby, and Fort Langley in the last three years.
As for what type of campaign heâ€™ll run, heâ€™s going to put up a few signs, but not as many as may be common for candidates, Stark said. Heâ€™ll be active online and on social media, he mentioned.
â€œIâ€™m going to do a little bit of everything,â€ said Stark.
Most importantly, heâ€™s pledged heâ€™ll be available in person seven days a week to meet people to talk about the issues.
â€œItâ€™s about making yourself available in person,â€ said Stark.