An East Sooke businessman and environmentalist is looking for a seat on Sooke council this fall.
Nick Dickinson-Wilde, 32, announced his candidacy for Sooke council on Tuesday, saying his top priorities include improved community engagement, affordable housing, environmental protection, and support for small businesses.
“I’m a small business owner. I have a major problem with the lack of commercial space in Sooke. I’m going to push for better support for small businesses and affordable housing,” Dickinson-Wilde said.
“I will be looking at all questions with an environmental lens,” he added.
In a news release, Dickinson-Wilde listed several volunteer and board memberships, including the Green Party, Juan de Fuca agricultural advisory planning commission, Shirley Market, East Sooke and Metchosin Rough Voice choirs, and Surf Riders Beach clean-ups.
Dickinson-Wilde, who says he’s attended almost all of Sooke council meetings in-person or online over the last year, doesn’t believe living in East Sooke should be a barrier to serving on council.
“I think it would be morally wrong to run somewhere that where I’m not connected to, but Sooke, I feel I have a connection to the area,” he said.
Last week, councillors Al Beddows, Tony St-Pierre and Jeff Bateman announced they would seek re-election on Oct. 15 after serving a single term on council.
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait also intends to run for re-election after her second term comes to a close.
The nomination for this year’s civic election opens on Aug. 30. The deadline for nomination is Sept. 9.
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