Results & Final Thank You
The results are in and Democracy Direct has a majority on White Rock City Council. They’re joined by independent incumbents Helen Fathers and David Chesney. It will be a change in council, a change in the direction of White Rock and hopefully a change in the relationship between city hall and the residents.
I’m of course disappointed that I did not get on, but I am proud of the campaign that I ran. I raised important issues that neither of the two local parties were talking about, pushing environmental issues and talking about how to modernize the city to be more accountable and responsive to the needs of residents. I pushed for action on affordable housing and ensuring that White Rock could grow and develop in a sensible way that benefited those that live here rather than property speculators.
Clearly, the citizens wanted to change and they will get it. I wasn’t the change they wanted, but I’m optimistic that a new tone will be arriving. If not, then in four years voters will have their say once again.
I probably won’t be writing about city politics for a few days. I ran because I felt that I could make a positive change, and I felt that the city was being badly run. Clearly, the (voting) majority agreed with me. If Democracy Direct can handle things, then I’ll be happy to just be a citizen and enjoy the beautiful city that I’m privileged to live in.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Thank you to everyone I spoke with during the campaign, even if we disagreed or you didn’t vote for me I’m glad to have had the opportunity to talk to you about the future of White Rock.
Thank you to my fellow candidates. With a few exceptions, you were all amazingly warm, positive and optimistic.
Finally, thank you to White Rock. This is a great city. Let’s hope it’s in good hands.