North Van’s Mus­satto not seek­ing re-elec­tion

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - JEN­NIFER SALTMAN With files from Lori Cul­bert jen­salt­man@post­ twit­­salt­man

The city of North Van­cou­ver’s Darrell Mus­satto is the lat­est Metro Van­cou­ver mayor to an­nounce he won’t run for re-elec­tion this fall.

Mus­satto, 57, has served on the city’s coun­cil for al­most 25 years, first as a coun­cil­lor for four terms, then four terms as mayor.

Mus­satto said he got into pol­i­tics to make a dif­fer­ence and give back to the com­mu­nity — in par­tic­u­lar to make the city more en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able.

“I’ve ac­com­plished the goals,” he said. “I think that what I re­ally wanted to do, I’ve achieved.”

This in­cludes den­si­fy­ing the city and re­duc­ing the city ’s green­house gas emis­sions. Mus­satto is par­tic­u­larly proud of the Lons­dale En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion, an award-win­ning dis­trict en­ergy sys­tem.

“I think we have a more sus­tain­able com­mu­nity, we’ve got a more liv­able com­mu­nity, and we’ve got a great place to live,” Mus­satto said. “We’ve done a lot. I’ve been an agent of change, there’s no doubt about that. The old ways of do­ing things weren’t work­ing any more.”

Mus­satto said he feels hon­oured to have served his com­mu­nity, but he’s ready to move on.

“It’s a very stress­ful job,” Mus­satto said. “It takes a toll in your pri­vate life, your fam­ily life, and I like a bit of change my­self, so I need to take an­other step and do some­thing else.”

What that step will be, Mus­satto hasn’t yet de­cided. Out­side of pol­i­tics, he was a para­medic for 30 years, and has worked as a high school teacher. What he does know is that he’s not ready to re­tire.

“I have a lot of en­ergy left,” he said. “I’ve given the city a lot and the city has given me a lot.”

Mus­satto is the sev­enth mayor in the re­gion who has in­di­cated they won’t seek re-elec­tion. That list in­cludes Gre­gor Robert­son (Van­cou­ver), Greg Moore (Port Co­quit­lam), Ted Schaf­fer (city of Lan­g­ley), Ni­cole Read (Maple Ridge), Wayne Bald­win (White Rock) and Lois Jack­son (Delta).

Darrell Mus­satto

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