My name is Richard Kissack and I am 43, married with 4 children and I live and work in Victoria Ward in Eastern Douglas. I was educated at Willaston, Douglas High and Ballakermeen and was awarded a Masters degree in chemical engineering from Leeds University. I am a businessman and certified accountant and with my wife run a recruitment agency in Douglas. I am passionate about doing the right thing; I believe that this is a critical time for the island where we need real politicians with vision and strength of character. In April 2008 I stood for Douglas Council for Victoria Ward and was elected unopposed. I have served on various committees in the Council but most enjoyed the Leisure Services Committee which develops and maintains the parks and gardens where I have also served as Vice-Chairman. I have also served on the Pensions Committee for the Isle of Man Local Government Pension Scheme which acts as trustee for the pension fund, again as Vice-Chairman. As an accountant and local businessman I feel I have excellent credentials to work in government. I am prudent by nature and as a result have made contributions to debates on council that have limited grand schemes and expenditure. The Council's record on its rates is a good and prudent record.
Victoria ward is an important part of the Isle of Man. It is the island’s most important shopping centre, most of the big hotels are based on Douglas Prom, namely the Sefton, Palace and Claremont. We have the Sea Terminal. We have a portion of the finance sector based in Victoria ward as well as some of the best and worst housing. It is very important to me personally as I live and work in Victoria and have served the ward since April 2008. One of the things that really lets us down is the number of derelict and unsightly properties. A lot of this work is done by Douglas Corporation and within the framework as it stands but there do appear to be enormous difficulties. The cost of legal action seems to be prohibitive. It may be possible to limit the number of years a property may be rates free due to it being in poor condition. In such a way it may be possible to force a sale by putting a charge on the property.
Importance of Voting
We have been plagued by voter apathy in the past especially in local authority elections.
My promise is that should the electorate of Victoria ward choose me to represent them then I shall be approachable at home, on Facebook and on email. My business is Ambitions Limited and is situated in Victoria ward and I would intend to use this as a constituency office manned permanently during office hours.