Esquimalt councillors announce retirement

Don Linge and Ali Gaul won't run in this fall's municipal election

  • Jun. 9, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Don Linge

Two Esquimalt councillors will not seek another seat on council in November’s municipal election.

Don Linge said he won’t campaign for an eighth consecutive term on council, and Ali Gaul said she plans to focus her energies elsewhere after wrapping up her first term.

“It’s a hard decision in some ways because I think I should give opportunity for new faces, new choices, new ways of looking at things,” said Linge, a long-time Esquimalt resident and lawyer. “Maybe I’m not looking at it with fresh eyes anymore.”

There is already one seat sitting empty on council, which belonged to Randall Garrison until he campaigned in the federal election and became the new Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca member of Parliament. He officially resigned from his municipal post on May 12. No byelection was held.

Meanwhile, Mayor Barb Desjardins and Coun. Meagan Brame will each vie for another term. Desjardins served one term as councillor before she was elected as the township’s mayor in 2008. This will be Brame’s second campaign.

Coun. Bruce McIldoon said he isn’t ready to make a decision about running again. Coun. Lynda Hundleby did not respond to interview requests.

Gaul said she wanted to announce her intentions early to give residents in the community enough time to consider running.

“I openly never went into this looking for a long-term career in politics at all,” said Gaul.

“Really it’s just about my personal family life and being mid-career with young kids,” said the mother to two children, eight and 10 years old. She currently works as a part-time co-ordinator of a program for children with disabilities at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health.

Both Linge and Gaul said they won’t rule out a return to politics one day.

“I’m not stepping back forever,” said Gaul, who felt compelled to campaign in 2008 when the Archie Browning Sports Centre’s future was in jeopardy. She is also a founding member of the Esquimalt Residents Association.

Linge, who said he is most proud of his attendance and voting records and representing the community’s best interests, plans to remain active through charity work, the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce and the Esquimalt centennial celebrations committee.

Municipal elections throughout B.C. will be held Nov. 19.

emccracken@vicnews.com

 

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

Just Posted

Victoria police investigating chop-shop found in Beacon Hill Park

Police asking public to register bikes with them in case lost or stolen

Island Health issues Victoria overdose advisory

Health authority warns of increase in overdoses from opioids and stimulants

Residents welcomed to The Summit in Victoria’s Quadra Village

Modern 320-bed facility designed for people with complex care needs including dementia

Victoria considers extending free transit passes for youth

Motion for extension of funding comes to council July 16

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 13

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

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Beloved Island woman dies at 106

Dorothy Adair adored by the many people she met in Chemainus in two short years

Man arrested for allegedly pushing unsuspecting seniors, jumping on cars at Parksville mall

Cops arrest man after ‘aggressive incident’ at Wembley Mall in Parksville

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Canadians torn on scaling back COVID-19 benefits to save money: poll

Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they were worried about the size of the deficit

Most Read