Lois Jackson

Election 2014: ‘Only one more term’ for Delta Mayor Lois Jackson

Corporation of Delta: Jackson says she will run for a sixth term as mayor in November, then resign from civic politics.

Lois Jackson is running for one more term, then retiring from civic politics.

Jackson, mayor of Delta since 1999, will run for a sixth term this November with the Delta Independent Voters Association (DIVA) Team – then call it quits.

Also running under the DIVA banner are incumbent Delta Couns. Robert Campbell and Ian Paton, and newcomer Rod Binder, who is Delta’s commissioner for parks, recreation and culture.

Jackson told The Leader that she has a lot of work left to do before she hangs up the gavel.

“I am going to run one more time,” Jackson said Friday under the agreement that the story not be published until after her official announcement Monday at 3 p.m. “There are some things that I would like to finish.

Chief among those is bringing the municipality effective transportation.

“It is probably one of the biggest things that we’re dealing with in Delta, and we’re not alone,” Jackson said. “TransLlink, in my opinion, needs a lot more oversight, a lot more tweaking; a lot more has to be done in that regard.

She wants to ensure communities south of the Fraser, including Delta, Surrey and Langley, have their fair share of transportation dollars.

She also wants to see a new bridge built, which will replace the Massey Tunnel.

“That is, over the next four of five years, a very important part of the transportation network,” said Jackson, who was first elected to Delta council in 1972.

Jackson also wants to see the Corporation of Delta debt-free in the next year or so.

“I think transportation and (civic finances) are the big things,” Jackson said.

In North Delta, it’s about keeping an eye on growth and how that manifests itself.

Among some of her concerns is the increasing number of secondary suites.

“I want to make sure we’re on the right track there,” she said. “So there’s a lot of issues in going door-to-door that we find people want to talk about.

The Scott Road corridor is also a matter of concern for Jackson.

“We’ve been working on that for so long, and I must say, we haven’t had the results that we’ve wanted,” Jackson said. “It may take some different approach, working with Surrey perhaps, and working with the owners of the land.

She said cities can draft all the plans they want, but it takes private developers to make the visions materialize.

“There’s lots of things I want to finishand do some new creative things, which I will announce once we get into the election,” Jackson said.

The general civic election will be held Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

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