The tribe has spoken.
If you look at municipal politics as a reality show, then it becomes obvious that the majority of Sookies voted for a change and one person is in, one person is out. We now have our tribal council for the next four seasons.
The election campaign, like Survivor, was full of maneuvering and gossip. Thinly veiled comments meant to make candidates look less than perfect. All meant to sway the rest of the tribe.
First, no one is perfect. Each of the candidates for mayor came with their pros and cons. Each of them wanted to do the best for Sooke, at least in the way they saw as best, and they should be thanked for the time and effort they put in. It became about the difference in how they saw the community moving forward. Each had the same number of years at the council table and each made decisions at council that were not always favourable to some in the community. Their alliances and supporters rallied and came to the polls and voted in the person who they felt was the best for Sooke at this time. That’s politics. There were upsets all over the place in all the municipalities and that seems to reflect where people are – they want a change.
But, it’s over and the best thing to do is respect the position and aid not hinder.
Thanks should also be extended to those candidates who won’t be taking a seat at the tribal council table. They were also running because they wanted to serve the community. Each of them had qualities and experience which would have been useful and appreciated. It is hoped that they will continue to be a part of the public that speaks out and shares their opinions from the other side of the gallery.
Stay tuned for the premiere of Sooke’s new tribal council on December 1.