Another Missionite has announced his intention to run for the open mayor seat.
Cory Cassel, the owner of Cory Cassel Productions, which co-produces Mission’s Zoom Music Bingo Fundraisers, put forward his candidacy on Feb. 1.
After graduating Hatzic Secondary School in 1994, Cassel said he was discouraged by the lack of educational, employment and housing opportunity in Mission – and not much has changed since.
“Opportunities that were difficult for me to find as a young person then, are still difficult for young people in Mission to find today,” he said. “I am running to inspire decisions that will create opportunities for everyone who chooses to live and build a future for themselves and their families.”
As mayor, he wants to help citizens access the supports they need, and lead the district on a path out of the COVID-19 era.
“COVID-19 has impacted everyone in our community. People have lost their jobs, have been isolated from their support networks, and fear for their health and safety,” he said. “My life has also been affected by this pandemic; the closure of life events and the travel industries have significantly impacted my husband and I, our business and our lives.”
Cassel said the crisis offers an opportunity to evaluate what they want in the community, and he has a proven track record of working with people from all walks of life to create positive and impactful change.
“Mission needs compassionate, attentive and competent leadership, leadership that I can bring to the council table.”
For more information about Cassel’s candidacy and priorities, go to www.corycassel.com.
Cassel is the second person to announce their candidacy the 2021 by-election, along with Paul Horn, who announced on Nov. 18, 2020.