Rob Duncan has declared his intention to run for mayor of Victoria. Photo contributed

Victoria gains a second mayoral candidate for fall election

Fernwood resident Rob Duncan also ran in 2014, in the guise of Changes the Clown

The municipal election is still eight months away, but Victoria voters will have a choice to make when it comes to selecting their mayor.

Rob Duncan, whose website describes him as a “former academic, child poverty activist (and more broadly, a social and environmental activist), feminist” and other attributes, has declared his intention to run for mayor against Lisa Helps.

Among his stated priorities are addressing the housing affordability crisis in the city, instituting a moratorium on further construction of separated bike lanes until usage increases, promoting fare-free buses coming in and out of the downtown and hosting regular citizen’s assemblies to improve the democratic process in Victoria.

Duncan, a Fernwood resident, has a PhD in developmental psychology and is partway through a second doctorate in political sociology.

He ran for mayor against Lisa Helps and then-mayor Dean Fortin in 2014, in the guise of Changes the Clown to spotlight child poverty and advocate for a municipal living wage.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich school grapples with death of 13-year-old

Teenager died after being struck and pinned by tree while on a field trip near Sooke

Yoga takes over Legislature lawn

International Day of Yoga celebration runs Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

No boozing while BC Ferries cruising

Planned June launch for alcohol sales delayed

Downtown Victoria receives B+ grade from local businesses

Downtown Victoria Business Association releases first Annual Report after member survey

UPDATE: Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in incident at Camp Barnard

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

RCMP deploys special unit in Comox Valley to combat organized crime

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit spends four days targeting organized crime in Courtenay

B.C. imposes interim moratorium on resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Air Canada expects Boeing 737 Max to resume flying by September or October

Air Canada isn’t worried about safety of the planes, says vice-president

‘The Fonz’ gives thumbs up in letter to dyslexic students at B.C. school

Students in Maple Ridge reached out to Henry Winkler after reading one his Zipster books.

PHOTOS: MP Mark Warawa loses brief battle with cancer

The Conservative Member of Parliament and long-time community advocate died in hospice this morning

Most Read