Bennett, Kasper and Evans announce their political intentions

Mayo, council and school board candidates

  • Sep. 21, 2011 6:00 p.m.

David Bennett, a resident of the District of Sooke since 1993, and a current councillor, formally announced his intention today to seek the position of mayor in the upcoming municipal elections on Saturday, Nov. 19 (with the pending retirement of Sooke’s second Mayor, Janet Evans).

“I am extremely honoured that the citizens of Sooke put their confidence in my abilities and my potential to contribute to the well-being of our community as a councillor in 2008.  I hope that I may continue to serve our dynamic, wonderful community for the next three years as mayor.”

Saying it’s time to restore “trust in local government,” Rick Kasper made it official and announced he is running for Sooke council in the November election.

“Let’s work together to bring back trust and transparency to our local government. For me, it’s about doing what’s right for the community as a whole,” Kasper said. “That means reasoned decisions in the best interests of our community, with fair and respectful treatment for everyone.”

With 20+ years experience in provincial and local government, Kasper is well versed in the rules and procedures.

Kasper served on District of Sooke Council from 2005 to 2008. Before that, he served as MLA for Malahat Juan de Fuca for 10 years, and as CRD director for nine years. He has no political party ties, and no affiliation with any special interest.

Mayor Janet Evans announced she will be running for School Trustee in the Milnes Landing Zone of Sooke School District #62.

“Although I am stepping away from local government I would still like to be involved in the greater community of Sooke and Juan de Fuca. I feel I have the time, energy and ability to contribute to public service as a school board trustee.

“Our school district is the fastest growing on the island and we need to plan and deliver the best facilities and education for our youth.  I look forward to hearing from parents and staff on their issues as we move forward to November 19,” she said.

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