Concerned Citizens

Ready to make a change

Coalition of Responsible Electors

Why do we exist?

  • We are no longer willing to sit back and simply complain about City Hall.
  • We want to improve our city, so we are getting organized and running for office.
  • Nelson used to be a liveable, vibrant, well-run city. We believe that with renewed leadership and direction from Council, Nelson, we can be that once again

What is our goal?

  • In October 2018 we’ll elect a team of CORE candidates to Nelson City Council.

What is the problem we want to solve?

  • City Council is the ‘Board of Directors’ for the Corporation of the City of Nelson, and they’ve abdicated their responsibilities to set direction and guide staff on execution of a vision.

Who are we?

  • We are a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of concerned citizens, united behind shared goals and vision.
  • Left, right, middle, and non-political people are part of our coalition.

CORE Candidates

Travis Hauck

Travis Hauck

Hauck is self-employed, and has a long history in the retail industry in Nelson, and has a passion for outdoor activities. Seeing the positive impacts on the economy and civic pride in those outdoor events spurred him to decide to run for council.

“In addition to organizing events, I’m a participant,” he explained. “When I’m at a mountain bike race in another community, I see hundreds of visitors enjoying these mountain towns, and supporting the local economy, and I wonder why Nelson isn’t doing the same thing all year long.” …read more

Michelle Hillaby

Michelle Hillaby

Michelle Hillaby came to Nelson about six years ago to raise a family. As a mother of two young kids, she’s active in the youth sports scene as well as being an active athlete herself.

“Initially, it was the pure silliness of the issues around Lions Park and little league baseball that spurred me to say ‘enough is enough with this council,’ and CORE was the perfect fit for my views on how this amazing little city could be run. Everyone I talk to has variations of the same story, no matter their background or interest: the city is heading in the wrong direction.”

Cal Renwick

Cal Renwick

Cal Renwick is a recently-retired entrepreneur who has owned and run a number of car dealerships in Nelson, most recently Nelson Toyota. He was also one of the principal owners of the Nelson Brewing Company until 2016.

“When I look at how Baker Street has been allowed to deteriorate, with aggressive panhandling and open drug use and violence; when I hear tourists for the first time ever saying that they won’t come back to Nelson; and when I hear residents say that they are scared to visit their own downtown, it’s clear that new leadership is needed at council.”

Brian Shields

Brian Shields

Shields is an artist who does graphic design as a hobby, and after retiring from the City in 2010, he owned and operated a fire-safety business. He said that all those experiences have shaped his approach to working with people, and understanding the complexities of a place like Nelson.

Shields describes himself as “left-of-centre” when it comes to political leaning, and the diversity of the candidates running under the CORE banner was part of the appeal for him.

Stephanie Wiggins

Stephanie Wiggins

Stephanie Wiggins is a lifetime Nelson resident and a single parent of a 2-year-old. She works in the Early Childhood Education sector and describes herself as part of the LGBTQ+ community and as an advocate for issues related to poverty, housing, families, and children.

“I’m a lifelong learner. Through post-secondary schooling and general life experiences, I have learned (and continue to master) the art of active listening, reflecting, growing and taking on other perspectives.”

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