by Guy Dauncey
Saturday October 20th was Election Day, and we had such great results! Of the 55 candidates who I recommended for your support, 38 were elected and 17 were not. In Courtenay and Comox progressive candidates were also elected, pushing out old-school conservatives.
This was my pitch for these candidates: I want Vancouver Island to become a place where people are really committed to living in harmony with nature.
I want our towns and cities to be full of safe bike lanes, wonderful green spaces, urban farms, affordable housing for all, great public transit, wonderful pedestrian environments, and to have permanently ended homelessness.
I want our Island economy to flourish with a spirit of cooperative innovation, with local investments in a sustainable future, support to start new cooperatives, and with every business being a green, socially responsible business, producing zero non-recyclable waste.
I want all our farms to be organic, all our forests to be managed using the Wildwood principles of ecoforestry, and all new housing developments to be green, beautiful, clustered, and protective of the existing forests and farmland.
I want everyone to be working really hard to tackle the climate crisis, making Vancouver Island a model for the world to show what a great future it can be when we have zero carbon emissions, using renewable energy for all our transportation needs and to heat our buildings.
I also want trustworthy public communication, and lively local democracies.
These are the people whom I supported, with the results:
Victoria: Lisa Helps (Mayor)
Saanich: Rob Wickson (Mayor) NOT ELECTED
Oak Bay: Nils Jensen (Mayor) Not elected
Central Saanich: Zeb King ELECTED
Colwood: Michael Baxter ELECTED
Sooke: Maja Tait (Major) ELECTED
Sidney: Sara Duncan ELECTED
North Cowichan: John Lefebure (Mayor) Lost by elected 10 votes
Cowichan Valley Regional District
Referendum question on watershed management: I’m strongly for voting YES. THE YES vote won
Referendum question on affordable housing: I’m strongly for voting YES. THE YES vote won
Area A: Blaise Salmon (acclaimed)
Area B: Sierra Acton ELECTED
Area C: Matteus Clement Not elected
Area D: David Fast Not elected
Area E: Alison Nicholson ELECTED
Area G: Lia Versaevel Not elected
Area H: Bill Carter Not elected
Nanaimo: Leonard Krog (Mayor) ELECTED
Nanaimo Regional District, Area B: Vanessa Craig ELECTED
Tofino: Josie Osborne (Mayor) ELECTED