Surrey and White Rock mayors will run for re-election, Delta mayor undecided

Surrey and White Rock mayors will run for re-election, Delta mayor undecided

SURREY — Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin will both run for re-election in this fall’s municipal election.

Watts says her team is gearing up for the election.

"I’m planning on running," Watts said Wednesday. "Those are some of the things that we plan on getting involved in over the next several weeks, so being that this is an election year, there’s a number of things that we need to be doing."

With Marvin Hunt winning his bid as Surrey-Panorama MLA, there will be at least one spot on the slate to fill.

When asked if anyone else on the Surrey First team planned to leave, Watts said, "not that I’m aware of."

"We’ll start the process fairly shortly in terms of getting things ready. As far as I know, as it stands today, everybody plans on running," she said.

In White Rock, Baldwin said there are still several large initiatives started during his term that he’d like to see finished up, including the rail safety and relocation issue, the purchase of the water utility from EPCOR and numerous capital projects.

"We just haven’t finished all the stuff that we wanted to get done so I feel like if I leave now things would be half done and that would be a shame," he said.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, who was first elected mayor in 1999, and was first elected alderman in 1972, has not decided if she will run again.

"I’m asking people what they think," Jackson said. "It’s a little bit early yet."

The 2014 municipal election will take place on Nov. 15.