A Burnaby-born punk musician and activist has announced he’s running for mayor of his city in this year’s municipal election.
Joe Keithley – aka Joey Sh*thead – is best known as the frontman of long-time punk band, DOA.
Now, he intends to stir things up at city hall, as a mayoral candidate with the Burnaby Civic Green Party – who have announced they are running a full slate for all elected positions in this year’s election.
“It is time for a fresh start in Burnaby,” said Keithley in a statement. “[Derek] Corrigan and the BCA council have been pushing their same old agenda for the last 30 years.”
As mayor, Keithley said, “I will take a common sense approach and work for all of our citizens.”
He added that, if elected, he will continue Burnaby’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
“This issue has always been extremely important to the Green Party,” he explained.
Keithley also said he wants to restore trust between politicians and the public.
“People distrust politicians and I would say with good reason because they don’t listen to the voters,” said Keithley. “I will fight for and demand that everyone’s voice is heard.”
Keithley also outlined the issues of upmost importance to him and his team which include:
- Promoting and enable more affordable housing and more affordable rental units
- Freezing property tax at the 2017 level for a minimum of two years
- Stopping the “heartless demo-victions” in the Metrotown area
- Instituting term limits for elected officials
This isn’t Keithley’s first crack at political office either.
In 2017, Keithley ran for provincial office as part of the BC Green Party in the Burnaby-Lougheed riding, but was unsuccessful.
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