City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan has officially kicked off her campaign for the city’s top job.
Buchanan was first elected to council in 2011 and elected mayor in 2018, and made the re-election bid on Tuesday night (May 17) at Lonsdale Avenue’s Chop and Chew restaurant.
Some current members of council joined Buchanan at the announcement, as Buchanan shared how difficult the last two years have been for the North Vancouver community.
“But we’re stronger now because we’ve always put people first. Undoubtedly there will be more challenges as we move forward. My focus as mayor in the four years to come will continue to be putting people front and centre as we create a better community for everyone,” she said.
Buchanan was born and raised in the City of North Vancouver and graduated from Carson Graham School before pursuing a degree in Nursing (Honours) from the University of British Columbia.
Buchanan noted the work she has done during her tenure, bringing rapid transit to the North Shore, increasing housing options for young people, families and seniors, and implementing “rent-to-own” housing for first-time buyers.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done to support our residents and the business community who have been stretched to the limit these last four years,” Buchanan said. “But I’m just getting started. There is more to do to advance the city as a dynamic, healthy, and prosperous community for all.”
Buchanan’s announcement comes as election bids across the North Shore begin to filter through. West Vancouver incumbent mayor Mary-Ann Booth has begun her campaign as the municipality’s former mayor Mark Sager joins the race. District of North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little has also confirmed his plans to run again.
Municipal election day is on Saturday, Oct. 15, as the nomination period starts on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and is open until Friday, Sept. 9.