DELTA â€“ A new face has emerged in the race for a seat on Delta Council, as Peter Mattoo announced his candidacy on Wednesday morning (Sept. 24).
Inspired by a deep commitment to Delta and a disdain for top-down politics, Mattoo said he has a genuine interest in shaking up Delta’s political scene by "challenging the status quo."
"My motivation for running is to make a positive impact on the future of Delta, and the only way I can do that is to speak freely about the issues that matter to residents," said Mattoo. "The current mayor and council make re-election their main reason for running, and I am not driven by politics.â€
Mattoo identified a range of issues that he said are currently being unaddressed by the current administration, including:
â€¢ A lack of affordable housing options for young people to settle in the community that they grew up in;
â€¢ Development without foresight or innovation, discouraging new residents and businesses from settling in Delta;
â€¢ A mayor and council that operate municipal hall by dictating to Delta, not governing on behalf of residents;
Electoral politics have led to a stagnant state of politics in Delta that deserves a candidate concerned with community over politics, according to Mattoo. He said he is determined to be a candidate that brings forth ideas and issues from the doorsteps, and challenge political rhetoric and partisan decision-making.
"Delta has a long-standing and popular Mayor, but without independent voices to work with her on Council, we will not be able to evolve as a community," he said. "It is time to stand up for those that are not being listened to at municipal hall."
As a husband, father, grandfather, and retired tradesman and union member, Mattoo is Delta’s first declared candidate of South Asian heritage.