Richmond withdraws from city council race

Peter Richmond

MESSAGE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA by Peter Richmond.

0902 - After consulting with family and friends, I have decided to withdraw from the race. It was not an easy decision, and it was made all the harder knowing that I have an incredible, talented team who believes in me.

I have a number of hard decisions to make over the next little while, but my vote won't be one of them: we have several brilliant, progressive, and passionate council candidates who I believe are more than capable of building the kind of Nanaimo I will be proud to call home. 

I can tell you that I have already made up my mind to vote for a few of them, and while I won't share that list here, I will encourage you to look for people with big hearts, open minds, and a strong work ethic.

I am not stepping away from politics. In fact, you may still find me knocking on your door in the months ahead: not as a candidate, but as someone who cares deeply about changing the way we vote in November's referendum.

We can change our city this fall, for years to come. We can change our province as well, perhaps for generations. I encourage you to get involved in both, in whatever ways you can. I'll be there with you, every step of the way.

In hope and solidarity,

Peter

Peter Richmond running for city council

Peter Richmond

Some of you already know me: whether from VIU, Shaw, or my volunteering on campaigns and executives over my 12 years in Nanaimo. Many more do not, so let's start there. My name is Peter. I am a former data analyst and project lead with Shaw Cable and long-time Nanaimo resident. My focuses on council will be around transparency, sustainability, and working together. 

I know something about working together. In my time with Shaw, I was heavily involved in projects to unite cities and teams that each had their own priorities which were sometimes very much at odds. 

We need to know that Nanaimo is not a city in isolation. Cities struggle with housing affordability, food security, crime, and drug use. Many of those cities have implemented solutions already, and some of those solutions have worked.

Vancouver and Toronto have taken steps to cool their housing markets, where other cities have offered tax incentives for mixed low-income and market-rate developments. These are policies we could adapt to Nanaimo.

No food waste policies and incentives have been effective in other parts of the world by creating co-operation between grocery chains and fantastic charities like our own Loaves and Fishes food bank.

Even our own city can serve as an inspiration. Previous councils have consulted with communities to create low-barrier housing. The John Howard Society is offering our most vulnerable employment opportunities and cleaning up the city at the same time.

While we're working on the immediate problems, however, we can't neglect the rest. Starting the move to a biodegradable disposables policy (straws, food containers, grocery bags) will make our city more sustainable long-term. Policies like a ban on the commercial sale of rabbits, cats, and dogs can help with finding homes for those already in need. 

Together, we can build a Nanaimo that works for everyone. My platform, priorities, and campaign contact info can be found at: http://peter4nanaimo.ca

My door is always open.