Should have run a mayor: SCC

Party believes Surrey could face a civic byelection in 18 months

The party that got all but annihilated in the last election is mapping out what steps it needs to take for the next one.

“We had a post-election meeting, and from that we’ve established the positives and negatives of the campaign,” Surrey Civic Coalition (SCC) President Gord Savard told The Leader Wednesday.

One of the things the party believes could have been done better was running a mayoral candidate in the election.

That said, much of the decision not to had to do with the popularity of the current mayor.

“It was Dianne Watts,  Dianne Watts,” said Savard. “In our analysis to this point, we couldn’t get past the point she had 80-per-cent popularity, and the people that were with her were chosen because of that.”

The SCC will be running candidates in the next election, he said, adding it’s not easy to tell when that election will be held.

Many believe Dianne Watts and possibly some councillors will be cherry-picked by provincial parties to run in the 2013 election.

“Possibly we’ll be looking at a byelection in 18 months,” Savard said.

The SCC executive was expected to have another meeting Wednesday night after The Leader’s press time.

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