In fact, seven of the capital region’s 13 mayors say they have already decided to try for another four years in the job. The list includes Fred Haynes of Saanich, Kevin Murdoch of Oak Bay, Maja Tait of Sooke, Ryan Windsor of Central Saanich, Barb Desjardins of Esquimalt, Rob Martin of Colwood and David Screech of View Royal.
Highlands’ Ken Williams says he’s tilting in that direction, too, while Metchosin’s John Ranns is leaning the opposite way. Asked if he plans to run again, Ranns replied, “Hopefully not.”
Neither Sidney’s Cliff McNeil-Smith nor North Saanich’s Geoff Orr is yet ready to say. Nor is Langford’s Stew Young. The mayor since 1993, Young typically doesn’t make up his mind until three months before the election.
Of the 13, only Helps flat-out says she will not run again. She made that commitment before the last election in 2018, vowing her second four-year term would be her last.
Who will succeed her? Helps says she has discussed the job seriously with Marianne Alto, who has been on council since 2010. “She’s practical, she’s middle-of-the-road, she’s non-ideological,” Helps says.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 12 October 2021 - 06:21 AM.