Saanichites opt to run for Victoria city council

Saanich residents Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Marianne Alto and John Turner are all running in Victoria.

Three Saanichites running for council won’t be listed on your ballot when you vote Nov. 19. That’s because Saanich residents Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Marianne Alto and John Turner are all running in Victoria.

All three say the issues that interest them most can be best addressed by working in the city.

“I want to serve the community and deal with certain issues. One of the issues is homelessness, and mental illness and addiction. And issues of heritage, particularly Chinatown,” said Thornton-Joe, first elected to Victoria council in 2002. “Being born and raised here, I don’t see the municipal lines. … But for the timebeing there’s work I want to continue doing in the City of Victoria.”

Turner says his 15-year background working as a street counsellor and community support worker is better suited to downtown Victoria than suburban Saanich.

“There’s a lot of homeless stuff that I’ve been dealing with for many years – social poverty and acute poverty, the need for community job creation. And Victoria really is where I can contribute my talents and abilities,” he said.

Alto, first elected to council in a November 2010 by-election, says it shouldn’t matter which municipality you live in.

“What you do when you look for elected representatives is you look for people who have skills and experience, and the commitment to resolve the issues in your community. That’s what I do – I say ‘I’m me, here’s my experience, here’s what I think I can do for the community,'” she said.

Both Thornton-Joe and Alto say they’ve heard in previous campaigns from people who question why they should vote for someone who doesn’t live in their city.

“As the conversation around regionalization, not amalgamation, becomes more commonplace – issues like transportation, policing, emergency preparedness –these issues can benefit from good regional plans. They’re not just specific to Saanich or just specific to Victoria,” Alto said.

Thornton-Joe says she’s contemplated moving from Saanich to Victoria, but it’s difficult to find a place that’s as affordable and that provides enough yard space for her large dog.

“Where I live shouldn’t matter. What’s important is listening to concerns of people, and being able to find solutions that address those concerns,” she said.

There are no restrictions in the Local Government Act on running for a seat in a municipality in which you do not live.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

PHOTOS: 11th annual Gingerbread Showcase comes to Victoria

Bakers spent more than 100 hours perfecting their creations

Victoria police find fentanyl, cocaine, meth and cash during downtown arrest

VicPD arrested three people on Oct. 30 in a downtown parking lot

Petition calls on province to cover transfer fees after Island adoption centre closes – again

‘Choices clients weren’t told the ship was sinking,’ says would-be parent

VicPD unable to locate suspect following James Bay ‘stalker alert’

Flyers posted around neighbourhood warn of man being followed and a verbal confrontation

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

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

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

Most Read