I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to endorse Marianne Alto as candidate for Mayor of Victoria.
Marianne embodies the values of those of us who care about making Victoria a city that works for everyone.
We all need the support of a strong, effective mayor to protect the progress we have made and ensure Victoria is a model city for the future and a leader in our region. A city that adapts to our changing needs. A city that makes headway on providing affordable housing for workers and their families. A city that is acting now to make its contribution to addressing climate change. A city that is moving away from the car and providing other mobility choices, A city that leads reconciliation with our indigenous neighbours and welcomes their contribution. And a city that attracts the right kind of business and keeps us on a strong economic footing.
I have known Marianne for 30 years. She is a progressive, informed and experienced councillor who will make a progressive, informed and experienced mayor. She is a good listener, a balanced thinker and she excels at bringing people together to find common ground, We need all of that in our mayor at this volatile time. I have full confidence that Marianne is that Mayor. I look forward to seeing her in that role. Please vote.
Former CEO, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce