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Back to the future in Mill Bay?
Former Cowichan Valley Regional Mill Bay Director Mike Walker wants to make comeback.
Walker said Tuesday he was getting ready to pick up election candidacy forms to put his name in the race for the seat he declined to run for in 2008.
“I’ve been thinking about it for awhile,” said Walker, who was previously elected in 2002 and 2005. “People have been asking if I’d like to come back and represent Mill Bay and I said ‘Sure.’”
Walker didn’t run in 2008 because he was considering taking a crack at provincial politics as a Liberal candidate — a direction he later dropped over dissatisfaction with Liberal policy at the time.
“I didn’t think it was fair to run as a director (in the November 2008 municipal elections) and then in turn, consider running as a Liberal candidate (in 2009),” he explained.
Walker says there’s no doubt he’s ready to hop back in the saddle.
“I’ve got a lot of support and people are pleased that I’m going to run again, and my wife’s very supportive too,” he said.
Top on his shopping list, if elected, would be to hash out a Kerry Park Recreation Centre renovation funding formula, as well as to create a dialogue on fire protection blips recently brought to the community’s attention during the Mill Bay Marina public hearing.
“We would like to see with the (Kerry Park Rec) Centre, something happen to it, and so I think there has to be a clean dialogue. If I’m elected, I will be sitting down with the other three directors to see what kind of formula we can come up with to get a result,” Walker said.
If elected, he’d also like to dive back into creating a community policing office in the south end, as well as resurrecting the hall part of the United Church at the intersection of Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.
It remains unclear whether Walker will be campaigning against incumbent Mill Bay head honcho Brian Harrison.
Harrison told the News Leader Pictorial he is still kicking around the idea and would be ready to formally announce his decision in upcoming weeks.
Walker is, however, expected to face competition from Angela Auchincloss, a member of the CT Group campaigning against the proposed South Cowichan ECO Depot.