Former North Cowichan councillor John Koury is running for mayor of the municipality in the elections on Oct. 15.

Koury, a business consultant through his company CanEcDev Corp, served two terms as councillor and is the former chair of the North Cowichan Economic Development Committee.

He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a chartered director qualified professional in corporate governance.

Koury has been married to Nora Koury for more than 40 years and has two adult sons, and enjoys being a caregiver to one of his sons with special needs.

He said it’s time to bring in a new era of opportunity for everyone in North Cowichan, especially for youth, and an era of affordability, particularly for seniors and working families, and an era of security for the community at large.

“We need to elect effective leadership to govern and steer North Cowichan into safe harbour, and chart a sound fiscal course for growth and development to control rising costs and runaway property taxes,” Koury said.