Tofino mayor Dan Law is running for re-election unopposed.
The nomination deadline for Oct. 15’s municipal election arrived on Friday and Law’s was the only name on the mayor’s ballot after 4 p.m.
Law, who was elected to council in a 2019 byelection and elected mayor in a 2021 byelection believes the absence of other candidates is a sign that the community is happy with his work so far.
“Of course I’m pleased. We’ve had a couple of very significant byelections in the past two years and the voters have made it very clear to me that they wanted a shift to community focus, which was what I had ran on and had been working towards,” Law told the Westerly News on Sunday from Whistler B.C. where he is attending the Union of BC Municipalities
“To me, it shows that this council is delivering. I see this as a vote of affirmation that we’re on the right track and that this present council and the next council have a very clear mandate.”
While Law is running unopposed, he noted seven “great councillor candidates” have put their names forward for the town’s six councillor seats and said he was happy to see a diverse mix of experienced incumbents and newcomers with fresh ideas.
“You put those two together and I think it gives the voters a good chance to make a statement,” he said.
He added that he plans to continue focusing on community needs and amenities.
“My focus in the last two byelections has been on the community residents of all ages and all demographics and how we can make sure Tofino meets everyone’s needs…We’re focusing on education, we’re focusing on recreation, we’re focusing on the hospital and the core community amenities that serve people who live here and work here,” he said.
“For many years the focus has been on building an economy and Tofino has been tremendously successful at building an economy…We saw the strength of the economy carry Tofino through COVID-19, but there has been some demographics in Tofino that have not seen the benefits of that economy and, I think, it’s time we really looked at some of those social amenities for families, children and teens that have to catch up to our economic success.”
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