For mayor Frank Leonard is being challenged for the first time since 1999. Harald Wolf is the challenger, but I do not believe his left/green campaign has the resources to make a significant impression. At this point I expect a dramatic win by Frank.
At this point I know of ten candidates for eight council positions.
Incumbents running again:
- Susan Brice
- Judy Brownoff
- Vic Derman
- Wayne Hunter
- Vicki Sanders
- Leif Wergeland
I expect all of them to get re-elected. I have not heard if Jackie Ngai is running or not.
New candidates unning with the best chance of getting elected:
- Paul Gerrard
- Dean Murdoch
Candidates I do not believe will be a factor:
- Deborah Dickson
- Patrick Chenier
The lack of much of a race in Saanich will further depress voter turn out. The federal election is sucking up a crucial month for any non-incumbents to campaign.
The Saanich Civic League had their big kick off in June, but three months later they seemed to have fizzled to nothing. I see them having no impact on the local election.