Lions Bay mayor to represent NDP
Lions Bay Mayor Brenda Broughton will be the NDP candidate in West Vancouver-Garibaldi in the next provincial election.
Broughton was the only candidate to file papers by the deadline. She will be officially proclaimed at a nomination meeting in Squamish March 24.
As mayor Broughton says she has been "impressed by the NDP approach and the philosophy that has guided them. I believe in leadership that is collaborative, non-confrontational and dedicated to achieving effective results. These qualities in the current government have encouraged me to make my own commitment as well."
Broughton believes the province is at a cross-roads.
"Given the unprecedented change and turmoil of the 1990s, it is clear that government everywhere must become even more focused, more skilful and more caring in its approach," she said in a release.
Broughton was elected mayor of Lions Bay in 1993. In that position she has worked with Whistler Mayor Ted Nebbeling, the Liberal candidate for West Vancouver-Garibaldi, on the Sea to Sky Corridor Mayors Committee dealing with Highway 99 safety. Both were members of the committee which developed the Mayors’ Option for the Soo Timber Supply Area.
Professionally, Broughton is director of the Employee Assistance Group, a branch of Family Services of Greater Vancouver. The group provides counselling, mediation, crisis debriefing and other services to approximately 80 organizations across the province. She has an M.A. in counselling psychology from UBC. She is married and has three daughters.
Broughton says the decision by independent MLA David Mitchell not to seek re-election played a part in her decision to run. She also talked to a cross-section of people within the riding before deciding to get into provincial politics.
"One of the impacts of the recent changes in our economy and society is how political parties are perceived and how people think about their vote. I am one of those people whose perceptions now are different than they were five or 10 years ago."
Peggy Stortz is the Green Party candidate for West Vancouver-Garibaldi.