Former Victoria mayor Lisa Helps not seeking NDP seat

Former Victoria mayor Lisa Helps not seeking NDP seat
Lisa Helps stands outside City Hall on Nov. 2022.

Former Victoria mayor Lisa Helps says she will not seek the NDP Victoria-Swan Lake seat days after an MLA announced his retirement.

Rumours of the former mayor being shortlisted for the seat sparked shortly after B.C. Transportation Minister and MLA for the Victoria-Swan Lake riding Rob Fleming announced he would retire from their positions this year.

Fleming had served in provincial and municipal politics for more than 20 years, also holding titles as B.C.’s Education Minister for three years.

“I have enjoyed working directly with two dedicated, thoughtful and hard-working premiers, John Horgan and David Eby, and I thank them for their confidence in me in the role of Minister of Education and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure,” Fleming said in a statement.

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The Vancouver Sun reported on Friday that Lisa Helps was on the shortlist of possible replacements for the riding.

Helps told CHEK News that she is not vying for the position.

“When I left office after serving eight years as Mayor of Victoria, I made clear that I had no further political ambitions. This still holds true. I currently have the privilege of working with an incredible team on BC Builds at BC Housing and every day enjoy the work I get to do in and with communities across the province accelerating housing development,” said Helps in a statement.

Helps announced she wouldn’t seek re-election in 2022 after holding office for nearly a decade.

Last year, she was enlisted as an adviser on housing solutions by Premier Eby for their BC Builds program.

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