LETTER: Candidates should declare now

Mission has been the casualty of political posturing and indecision

An interesting election may witness the “hero” running against his worshiper. Upon being elected Mayor Ted Adlem claimed he always thought of Randy Hawes as his “hero.”

Newcomer Tony Luck was supported by Hawes, for Liberal MLA candidate. Now the November election may have the trio of politicians running against each other for mayor.

Jenny Stevens, ever the cautious politician, says serving on council is the “only way I can contribute to my community.” Stevens says she will support Adlem’s bid for mayor but recently she, with three other councillors voted “no confidence” in the mayor, so what credibility does she have?

Mission is the casualty of all this political posturing and indecision. Established politicians have a group of supporters they usually can rely upon for votes – and like Hawes over the years – to keep them in office.

Mission is finally addressing important issues, from downtown redevelopment to a seniors’ activity centre, but dramatically failing in dealing with animal welfare bylaws and funding for cat-control facilities.

Voter apathy and indifference are the major failings of a local election. In the last election Mission witnessed a five per cent increase (1,682 votes) in voter turnout to 30 per cent.

Does Mission need or deserve either recycled politician or a discredited mayor leader?

With less than five months to an election, most candidates have not declared and this is worrisome. It implies a lack of understanding and commitment needed to dedicate oneself to serve the community. It is suspected the same 17 or so usual suspects, at Mission and Abbotsford, will suddenly appear and expect to get elected.

The Fraser Valley desperately needs new blood and thus many more new voters who will tip the balance on voting day. But first, candidates need to come forward sooner rather than later.

George Evens


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