For Immediate Release – October 9, 2014
Murdock files nomination papers; says election is about ‘affordability’
Saanich – The municipal election race officially gets underway this week with candidate nominations. This afternoon Councillor Dean Murdock filed his papers for re-election to a third-term on Saanich Council and the CRD Board.
Murdock says a priority for him is affordability. “Our region is a desirable place to live. More and more people want to live here, but we’re seeing families struggle with the costs of putting a roof over their heads and food on the table.”
Murdock points to Council’s recent change to permit secondary suites as a positive step, but wants to see investment in housing that is affordable for all families. “Let’s work with builders to get a mix of housing options. When families can afford to settle in our community, they invest in housing, send their kids to local schools, and buy local products and services. Our region’s future depends on affordability for families.”
He says the rising cost of food can eventually be reversed by preserving farmland and supporting local farmers. “Keeping farmland for farming is our best food security. Let’s create a viable marketplace to keep farmers in business. We can put markets in places where people can get access to the foods our local growers are selling. That keeps dollars in the local economy.”
The two-term Councillor spent last summer on a sidewalk study tour and is calling for a 10-year plan for sidewalk priority construction. “Building a Walkable Saanich isn’t about sidewalks. It’s about building community.”
Murdock chairs Saanich’s Environment & Natural Areas Committee and is a member of the Greater Victoria Library Board. He is Vice Chair of the CRD Water Supply Commission.
Murdock was first elected to Saanich Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. He is a Program manager at the BC Ministry of Health. He has two young children and a beagle named Bella.
In the coming weeks, Murdock will release his full campaign platform, including transportation, affordable housing, food security, and environmental leadership as priority initiatives.
Candidate nominations close on October 10. Municipal elections are November 15.
Media Contact: Dean Murdock — Phone: 250.889.0242; Email: email@example.com