Almost as quickly as it was announced, Team White Rock – an electoral organization planning to field five candidates in the upcoming municipal election – has been shelved.
Wayne Baldwin, a former city manager and one of the slate’s organizers, confirmed this week those who had planned to run under the Team White Rock banner are now going to stand as independent candidates.
“Team White Rock is not going to run a slate,” Baldwin said Tuesday, noting the decision was made last weekend.
Baldwin told Peace Arch News last month that Team White Rock candidates – himself, former councillor Cliff Annable and Brad Forster, husband of former White Rock mayor Judy Forster – were united in their call for good governance. The decision to run independently hasn’t affected that position, he said.
Supporters’ opinion of slates, however, drove the decision to abandon Team White Rock.
“People in White Rock aren’t receptive to slates and are somewhat mistrustful of them,” Baldwin said. “Rather than try to muddy the water, we thought we’d go as individuals.”
In a letter to those who signed support, Baldwin, Annable and Forster say they remain committed to the team’s vision and values.