Former coun­cil­lor to run for mayor in Sid­ney

Times Colonist - - The Capital / Island -

Former Sid­ney coun­cil­lor Cliff McNeil-Smith is tak­ing an­other run at be­com­ing mayor of Sid­ney.

McNeil-Smith, owner of Tan­ner’s Books for 17 years, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run for mayor Wed­nes­day.

He placed sec­ond in the balloting for mayor in 2014 with 1,180 votes com­pared with then Coun. Steve Price, who won the con­test with 1,312 votes.

“As mayor, I will lis­ten to the com­mu­nity and lead coun­cil to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively with res­i­dents, neigh­bour­hoods, our many unique com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, and lo­cal busi­nesses that col­lec­tively em­ploy thou­sands,” McNeil-Smith said in a state­ment.

Price has said he plans to stand for re-elec­tion.

McNeil-Smith said he gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing his term as a Sid­ney coun­cil­lor and on the boards of seven lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Memo­rial Park So­ci­ety (Mary Win­spear Cen­tre/Blue Heron Park).

He was the found­ing pres­i­dent and board chair of the Sid­ney Busi­ness Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety and a found­ing di­rec­tor of the Shaw Cen­tre for the Sal­ish Sea.

McNeil-Smith, served a three year term on coun­cil af­ter be­ing elected in 2008.

Cliff McNeil-Smith.

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