For Immediate Release
October 7, 2011
Murdock officially enters Saanich race; transportation and affordability key priorities
Victoria – The municipal election race officially gets underway this week with candidate nominations. This morning Councillor Dean Murdock filed his papers for re-election to Saanich Council and the CRD Board.
“This election comes at a crucial time for our community,” Murdock says. “We live in a great part of the world, but we’re facing a traffic nightmare. People are looking for quality transportation options, like better public transit and proper sidewalks.”
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.”
The first-term Councillor 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 be reversed by supporting local farmers. “Buying local food cuts the cost of importing it from around the world. That’s money saved when you’re putting food on the table. It’s also using local dollars to support local food growers.”
Murdock chairs Saanich’s Healthy Saanich Committee and is the former chair of the Sierra Club Victoria. He serves on the CRD Water Supply Commission and Provincial Capital Commission.
Murdock works for the BC Ministry of Health as a Manager of Public Health Planning. He and his wife are long-time Saanich residents. They have a two-year-old son and two dogs.
In the coming weeks, Murdock will release his full campaign platform, including transportation, housing, food security, and environmental leadership as priority initiatives.
Candidate nominations close on October 14. Municipal elections are November 19.