Jeff Jewell has announced his intention to run for Mission council.

Jeff Jewell returns to Mission’s political scene

Former Mission councillor trying to regain his seat during upcoming election

Jeff Jewell is the latest person to announce his intention to run for a seat on Mission council.

Jewell is not a newcomer to Mission’s political scene. He is a former councillor (having been elected to a three-year term in 2011).

Jewell has an engineering degree from the University of Toronto and has enjoyed a career in information technology as well as spending 25 years in management in municipal governments.

“I bring a strong combination of political, management and technical experience, plus a well-developed capacity for leadership, based on strong analytical skills and focused decision making,” Jewell wrote in an email to the Mission Record.

“My perspective on the business of local government is shaped by my personal values and work experience. I’m committed to finding the right balance between financial responsibility, social initiatives and environmental stewardship, along with managed change and growth, to meet the present and future needs of our community,” he added.

During his career, Jewell was employed by two major companies (IBM and Telus), two universities (McMaster University and Université Libre de Brussels, Belgium), and two levels of municipal government (Alberta Municipal Affairs and the City of Burnaby). He also had experience as owner/operator of a small retail business.

Jewell is married, with two children and five grandchildren and is now retired.

“As a retiree with a reduced income, I’m well aware of the impact of higher taxation on seniors as well as young families — especially in these difficult times of job insecurity and wage stagnation for so many people. I’m fortunate to have the time to devote to council duties, which I found to be quite challenging and gratifying.”

The deadline for municipal election candidates to file their nomination papers is approaching fast. The deadline is Friday, Sept 14 at 4 p.m.

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