After serving eight years on Victoria council, Jeremy Loveday has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming municipal elections.
Loveday says when he first sought election on council, his plan was to serve two terms but considered running for a third term.
“I always planned on serving on council for two terms, but I strongly considered running again when it became clear there would be significant turnover on council,” Loveday said in a Facebook post.
“I was honoured to be approached by many people who said they would value my continued contributions, however, I have decided that it is time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities.”
Loveday is the fifth person from Victoria council to announce they will not be seeking re-election, after Mayor Lisa Helps, and councillors Sharmarke Dubow, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, and Geoff Young made similar announcements previously. Councillors Marianne Alto and Stephen Andrew are each seeking the mayor’s chair, and Ben Isitt and Sarah Potts have not yet declared their intentions.
“I have learned so much through this public service, and I’ve enjoyed working alongside so many residents who want to make our city even better,” Loveday said in his post.
In his post, Loveday highlights his work on the Capital Regional Housing Corporation and CRD Arts Commission as work he is proud of in his time on the Captial Regional District board.
On council, he mentions his work in supporting the creation of the cycling network, implementing fare free transit for youth, expanding restaurant patios, pedestrianized public spaces, and the Get Growing Victoria seedling and garden material distribution program.
“Thank you to the residents of Victoria for putting your trust in me,” Loveday says in his post.
“I will be taking some time to reflect and develop my next chapter. In the immediate term, I will be completing my MBA in October and finalizing the manuscript for my first full-length poetry book scheduled for publication in 2023.”
B.C.’s municipal elections will take place on Oct. 15.