METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The political landscape at the municipal level could look quite different come October, with several mayors across Metro Vancouver choosing not to seek re-election.
UBC political scientist Max Cameron isn’t concerned about the number of mayors stepping aside.
“I think it’s good to have that kind of renewal. I think it’s good for mayors and councillors to recognize that at a certain point, they’ve done what they could and it’s time to let somebody else have a crack at the job.”
Cameron feels there is no shortage of people willing to run. “This is a vital part of our democracy and I look forward to seeing in October how we replenish and renew the energy that we have at the local level.”
“It’s also possible that as new people come forward and put their name forward for elections, that can generate some excitement and enthusiasm,” he adds.
Gregor Robertson in Vancouver, Greg Moore in Port Coquitlam, Nicole Read in Maple Ridge, Wayne Baldwin in White Rock and Ted Schaffer in Langley City are among the leaders not seeking re-election.