Dorothy Hartshorne will run for the mayor’s chair in North Saanich this fall. (Submitted)

Third candidate announces run for North Saanich mayor’s chair

Dorothy Harshorne came close in the 2014 campaign

There’s a third candidate emerging in the race this fall for the mayor’s chair in the District of North Saanich.

Dorothy Hartshorne, who finished a very close second to Alice Finall in the 2014 civic election, has officially announced she will be running for mayor in the Saanich Peninsula community. Finall announced earlier this spring she would not be seeking a fourth consecutive term of office.

RELATED: Local election candidates all in (2014).

Hartshorne, who has lived in North Saanich for the last five years — but who first moved to the community in 1969 before a stint in B.C.’s Cariboo region — joins Geoff Orr and Stephen Weller, both of whom have already announced their candidacy. Hartshone previously served two terms on North Saanich council from 1999 to 2005.

RELATED: Geoff Orr: Another hat in the ring.

RELATED: Stephen Weller: First off the mark.

Hartshorne says she’s ready to take another run for the mayor’s chair, after gaining political experience and leadership skills she thinks will be important as the District looks to the future. She worked as a constituency assistant in the Cariboo Chilcotin riding, sits as a volunteer member of the Audit Council for the Auditor General of Local Government and is a member of the North Saanich Community Stewardship Commission. She stated she has nothing but respect and admiration for the current council — for putting themselves up there over the years — and thinks it’s time for a different way of leading the community.

“I have nothing but respect for council and the mayor,” she said. “It takes a lot to put yourself out there to do that job.”

Hartshorne said she’s not particularly issue-driven, as she seeks office in North Saanich, but “community-driven.”

“We have to listen to what the North Saanich people say,” she explained, “what they want and balance their needs. Each neighbourhood has its own unique presence and needs.”

While there will always be issues the community is talking about, Hartshorne said the challenge for elected officials is to listen to as many people as they can, to reach decisions that will benefit the community as a whole. And she said she feels to do that, there needs to be some change at the council level to accommodate it.

“A mayor has to lead the community and the council and ultimately have a vision and know how to reach it. To do it, you have to build trust, relationships, a positive culture and foster the ability for people to have access to the mayor.”

Hartshorne said she learned a lot during the 2014 campaign — where she came up short by a mere 158 votes to eventual winner Finall. While it’s still early yet to do a lot of campaigning, Hartshorne said she’ll be getting her face out into the community more, and expects to pick up the effort come the end of the summer.

“I think I have a good opportunity,” she said. “People want to have a say when there are things happening in this community.”

She said she thinks she can be instrumental in helping people speak to their councillors — and council will be listening back.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

B.C. civic elections take place Oct. 20.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Vancouver Island B.C. Hydro Customers without power

Due to high winds nearly 3,900 B.C. Hydro customer will be out of power

Sidney signs off on 2020 budget with 1.79 per cent tax increase

Budget also includes additional funding for Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Search begins for two missing scouts near Sooke

Crews headed to Jordan River area after receiving call just after 2 p.m.

Scaffolding falls due to strong winds at Millstream Village Sunday afternoon

No injuries or vehicles damaged, according to West Shore RCMP

Cold water swimming a morning ritual for Willows Beach crew

Group turned heads when they slow-walked into the Polar Plunge

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Massive early-morning blaze destroys Vancouver Island home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire at unoccupied residence

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read