(Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Election season gets under way in Delta

Two slates of candidates have already joined the race, and more are coming in the next few weeks

And we’re off to the races.

With two slates of candidates now vying for the mayorship and seats on council, plus more candidates ready to declare their intentions to run in the coming weeks, election season has officially arrived here in Delta.

October’s municipal election promises to be an interesting one. For the first time since being elected to the post in 1999, Mayor Lois Jackson isn’t running, clearing the way for any number of candidates to try and take a turn in the big chair.

This week, recently-retired Delta city manager George Harvie officially announced his intention to run for mayor. He’ll be going up against two-term councillor Sylvia Bishop. While we wait to see who else may throw their hat into the ring, it’s worth noting that two mayoral candidates is one more than Delta had in 2014, when Jackson ran unopposed.

With Bishop running for mayor and Counc. Ian Paton choosing to concentrate on his job as MLA for Delta South, that’s two council seats guaranteed to change hands on Oct. 20.

Incumbent councillors Robert Campbell, Jeannie Kanakos and Bruce McDonald have all said they intend to run again, though only Campbell has done so officially, and already eight others have joined the race for those six council seats.

There are a number of prominent issues that all candidates for mayor and council will have to address, any one of which have the potential to make a difference at the polls.

Delta faces enormous pressure from high real estate values and sky-rocketing rents. Candidates will need to balance demand for new development and densification with desires to preserve the look and feel of the city’s varied neighbourhoods.

In North Delta, that push-and-pull is most acute when it comes to high-rise developments, like those proposed on Scott Road at 95A Avenue and 75A Avenue, and townhouse developments like those under construction along 72nd Avenue.

In addition, most Deltans have an opinion on the proposed casino at the Delta Town & Country Inn site. So many people came out to a public hearing on the proposal earlier this month that it stretched over two evenings.

Councillors Bishop, Campbell and McDonald have already voted in favour of it, with Kanakos and King the only members of council to oppose it following the public hearing. New candidates will undoubtedly be asked their position on the issue, and dodging the question is unlikely to gain them love from either side.

And then there’s the rest of Delta’s sport and recreation facilities, especially the high school tracks. The state of the district’s tracks has been a sore point for a long time, and recently a thorn in the side of councillors, school trustees and Delta’s MP and MLAs.

There has been some movement on the issue, but it’s clear from the first platform statements of both Bishop and Harvie that it’s something both camps believe is important to voters. Not having at least the semblance of a plan in place to repair and upgrade the tracks may ruin a candidate’s chance at winning.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Woman found dead in Okanagan Lake identified as Surrey resident

Police ‘do not believe criminality was involved’ in the death of 29-year-old Caitlin Bradley

COLUMN: Delta residents and businesses can help make a difference

Delta police chief Neil Dubord writes about the power of crowd-sourcing

North Delta crime beat, week of April 7

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

Students run blood, stem cell donor drive at Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade

Volunteer youth group One Blood for Life aims to create a more ethnically diverse stem cell registry

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Victims injured in Lower Mainland deck collapse ranged from 15 to 83 years old

Victim Services staff have reached out to those hurt and their families

‘Ghost restaurants’ cooked up by Joseph Richard Group to meet demand of delivered food

The new Meal Ticket Brands venture aims to ‘disrupt’ the local restaurant industry

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Torched SUV linked to Vancouver’s fourth homicide

Manoj Kumar, 30, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Kitsilano neighbourhood

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Most Read