White Rock Coun. Doug McLean has announced he will not be running in the upcoming municipal election.

McLean bows out of White Rock race

Long-serving White Rock councillor Doug McLean has announced he will not run again for council in November.

Long-serving White Rock councillor Doug McLean has announced he will not run again for council in November.

McLean, who has topped the polls in several elections since first winning a seat on council in 1994, cited an increase in career responsibilities and a desire to spend more time with his family as his principal reasons for not seeking office again.

“I have more responsibility in my current job (deputy superintendent for the Financial Institution Commission) and my office is moving back to downtown Vancouver – the commute can take two hours out of your day,” he said.

Working as a regulator of banking institutions, including credit unions and trust companies, also has a potential for conflicts of interest, he added, since the city has dealings with some of them. But the time requirement of being a councillor is also a factor, McLean said.

“Over this term we’ve had more meetings than expected, and we’re about to start doing afternoon meetings, which wouldn’t work with my job.”

He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time at home with his wife Shellie and their daughter Morgan, who will be turning 13 in November and plans to attend Semiahmoo Secondary.

McLean said it’s “been a great honour” to serve White Rock and is proud he has always had good support in the community.

Frequently appointed finance committee chair during his time in office, he said he is proud, too, of his role helping the city adopt a long-range financial plan, modernizing financial planning and reducing the city’s debt level “to being almost debt free.”

Other accomplishments he is pleased with are the widening of sidewalks on East Beach, improvements to safety, street crossings and sidewalks around White Rock Elementary, the retention of large oak trees on the school site, protection of the Marine Drive hump and opposing an increase of highrises in the town centre.

McLean said he has “mixed” feelings about not running for council, acknowledging he will miss having the ability to influence decisions about the community.

But he said he would still be able to participate by speaking on issues as a member of the public, and would likely continue to be involved in the community through non-profit organizations. He also did not rule out running for office again, particularly once he retires.

But he’d also like to see more new blood on council, he said.

“One thing I’d like to do is urge more young people to get involved with municipal government – there is a role for them to play and they could influence the future of the city on a lot of things.”

 

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

Just Posted

Construction underway for new Cloverdale elementary school

The $33 million school is to seat 655 students

George Garrett retires from Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society board

Society completes more than 58,000 trips since 2016

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

Two Surrey schools report COVID-19 exposures, including second contact for Panorama Ridge

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

VIDEO: Shots fired outside Langley gas station that was scene of 2018 homicide

No reports of injuries in Saturday evening incident

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Most Read