Angela Negrin for City Council
Angela Negrin is a 33-year-old fourth generation Nanaimoite. Her parents have had Superette Foods on Albert Street for the last 31 years and Angela started Pirate Chips on Commercial Street almost five years ago. Angela Negrin grew up wanting to be just like her dad (she is the eldest of three) and so she started learning about business and working with the public at a very young age. She can remember the days when Nanaimo had a vibrant downtown where people did their business and shopping, went to movies, and socialized. After finishing college, Angela travelled and worked in over 22 countries. On coming home, she says she was “quite embarrassed as to what had happened with the heart of the city, overwhelmed with development in the north-end. The city seemed to me so divided and unbalanced, when it once was a vibrant whole city.” Angela Negrin's campaign statement is as follows:
In my opinion too much money is wasted attracting people who may never ever come here. We need to spend less and focus on the people who already live here and pay taxes now. The economy and our social systems are changing. We are now home of a university, most of our population are baby boomers, and most if not all are looking into retirement if they aren't semiretired already. We need an efficient transit system, one that services the university, both ferries and the airport.
Nanaimo needs to embrace its culture and identity in order to unify ourselves as a vibrant and successful city. When elected I intend to bring the fun back. I want to be proud, and I want the public to be proud of its council members. As a child I remember how important I felt when mayor Frank Ney shook my hand in the line up at the parade.
I believe in preserving and maintaining our parks. People come here and live here for our green space, lakes, mountains, rivers, forest, and ocean. I believe in development, but responsible development, where the city concentrates on providing its services rather than having dealings in real estate.
When elected I would like to propose a ward system whereby each elected council member would represent an equal demographic within the city. This would require each council member to be accountable for his/her actions and the public could have a clearer voice on the council table.