Dave Hodgins bids adieu to Esquimalt council seat

Esquimalt councillor leaves city council after first term

  • Nov. 13, 2014 10:00 a.m.

There will be one dominant name missing on the ballot Saturday, when Esquimalt residents head to the polls to elect a new township council and mayor.

Dave Hodgins, who was first elected to council in 2011, is the only member of the current council not seeking re-election.

“I was waiting to see who might step up,” said Hodgins, 65. “There are some very good candidates.”

When Hodgins ran for council three years ago, he wasn’t bargaining on one term, or three, or four, he was just taking it as it comes.

He said he isn’t quite finished with politics yet. Two political parties (he wouldn’t say which ones) are wooing him to run in the next federal election.

Hodgins said he is proud of the work Esquimalt council was able to accomplish in the last three years, including no municipal tax increases and approving significant development projects.

Unfortunately, a slowing economy forced many of those projects to be delayed such as the Cambie and Admirals Road developments.

He said council also wasn’t able to put enough focus on improving the community’s image, mainly due to other issues that needed to be dealt with such as the policing contract and regional sewage.

“We did a lot of good work in supporting art and culture. That really helped a lot  in terms of the impression people have about Esquimalt, he said.

Coun. Tim Morrison said Hodgins is a “top-tier” councillor and will be missed around the council table.

“He was always diplomatic and always open to other opinions.”

For Hodgins, it was just about doing the right thing.

“I always tried to bring balance to the [council] table,” Hodgins said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Royal Athletic Park will not be a shelter site during COVID-19 crisis: Victoria mayor

Indoor sites to be coordinated with Island Health, BC Housing

COVID-19: Saanich company joins nation-wide effort to produce 30,000 ventilators

StarFish Medical using a ‘purpose-driven design for rapid manufacturing,’ CEO says

Judge rejects pandemic as reason to grant bail to immunocompromised prisoner

Esquimalt man told there are more health risks for addicts on the street than there are in jail

Canoe found in men’s public bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park

‘Please do not park your canoe in our bathrooms,’ say Saanich parks staff

Sidney senior welcomes outreach phone calls from charity

A long-time user of Sidney’s SHOAL Centre, praises Beacon Community Services

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

VIDEO: More than 85 people displaced by Campbell River apartment fire

Traffic is being diverted around Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue

Thieves steal $5,000 worth of cigarettes and candy from semi trailer in Nanaimo

Culprits hit truckload in shipping company storage yard on Old Victoria Road on Monday

Most Read