WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) – A new political party formed earlier this year has swept White Rock City Hall.
A long-time activist and former president of the BCGEU, Darryl Walker from the Democracy Direct – White Rock Party has been elected mayor. Once he’s in office, Walker plans on bringing back transparency to city hall, including a public question period at the end of council meetings.
“We’re going to open city hall up. We’ll probably, on a regular basis have town halls. We will try to set up, what I would say, are neighbourhood committees or citizen committees to talk about where we want our community to go. So, transparency, open government and communications which has gone totally lacking.”
All seven polling stns. in @whiterockcity have final results. Darryl Walker w/the Democracy Direct – White Rock party is the new mayor. He beat Mike Pearce by 161 votes. Voter turnout was 38.80%. Four of the six council spots have gone to the Democracy Direct party. #CityVote2018
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) October 21, 2018
The other issue he claims is an issue is housing and new developments.
“We’re going to have a look at our official community plan and see what is happened over the last four years. We’ve now got towers that are coming into our community in excess of 20 storeys where we don’t believe the community plan actually spoke to that when it was passed a couple of years ago. We’re going to work on those types of things.”
- Helen Fathers
- David J Chesney
- Christopher J Trevelyan
- Erika Johanson
- Scott H Kristjanson
- Anthony R. Manning
He’s also planning on speaking to Surrey Mayor Bruce McCallum and TransLink about improving transit options in the city. Walker says he also wants to help small businesses.
Even though he won, Walker admits he didn’t think he would capture enough votes considering his home, specifically his basement, has served as party headquarters.
“I believed I had a chance but it also depended on the people that I was working with. As I said, the people who knocked on doors, made phone calls, were on street corners — they’re the ones who made a difference. Coming into [Saturday] night, I started to have that feeling that there was enough people stopping to say, ‘I voted for you’ that I started to have the sense that it was possible.”
City Council is also made up of four Democracy Direct members and two independents.
There were more than 16,000 eligible voters in the city and voter turnout was pegged at 38 per cent. Democracy Direct has roughly 100 members and has existed for four to five years but only earlier this year did they actually put together policies to help Walker make a run for city hall.