Saturday, August 23, 2008

T-C Beech to run again for Sooke council

Beech to run again for Sooke council

Times Colonist

Published: Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sooke Coun. Sheila Beech has announced she will run for re-election in November.

Beech, 63, first elected three years ago, has served on several committees including Sooke's Official Community Plan review committee.

Beech was at the centre of a conflict-of-interest controversy two years ago when Sooke council took the extraordinary step of voting to go to the B.C. Supreme Court to have her disqualified from holding office. It was a decision council subsequently reversed.

At the time, several councillors and members of the public charged that Beech, a former bed-and-breakfast owner-operator, should have excused herself during discussions of vacation rental provisions in Sooke's zoning bylaw.

Beech said at the time she owned a bed and breakfast, not a vacation rental, and had done nothing wrong.

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