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Sewage treatment critic enters Saanich mayoral race

Saanich mayoral candidate Richard Atwell. - Submitted photo
Saanich mayoral candidate Richard Atwell.
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Richard Atwell wants to be the next mayor of the District of Saanich.

Atwell announced his candidacy with 78 days to go before the Nov. 15 local elections and is the first challenger to Mayor Frank Leonard.

In a statement, Atwell said he plans to push for a governance review of the Capital Regional District if elected.

“Management of waste, compost, sewage and transportation are regional in scope and the public wants to see improved regional cooperation and service delivery with greater public involvement," he said.

Atwell is best known publicly for his work as director of the Sewage Treatment Action Group and The Rite Plan, and has been a staunch opponent of the CRD's $788-million sewage treatment project, Seaterra. He is a common sight at most CRD meetings, where he records all discussion, and is an advocate for a distributed sewage treatment model across the core municipalities.

Five-time Mayor Leonard has indicated his intention to run again this fall, when all B.C. municipal elected officials will assume four-year terms for the first time.

More to come.

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