Victoria councillor Sharmarke Dubow has announced on Twitter he does not intend to seek re-election in the 2022 municipal elections.
Dubow was elected as part of the Together Victoria slate in the 2018 municipal elections.
After much thought and consideration, I have made the difficult decision not to seek re-election in the upcoming municipal election in October. In the meantime, I will continue to serve the people of the City of Victoria and push for meaningful change. #cdnpoli #bcpoli #yyjpoli pic.twitter.com/8BRwAXcK4L
— Sharmarke Dubow (@deardubow) April 19, 2022
In his announcement, Dubow said he has worked to make meaningful change since he was elected.
“I strongly believe meaningful change is possible” Dubow’s post says. “I’ve believed that and acted on it since day one: challenging the way we make decisions, challenging how we are spending our money and finding more genuine ways of engaging with communities, especially communities that have been historically marginalized.”
He highlights some initiatives he championed, such as creating an Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the formation of the Rental Advisory Committee, pushing for fare free transit for youth, and creating a Welcoming City initiative for newcomers.
“In June 2022, it will be my 10th anniversary of living in Canada, and I have been working hard for the betterment of communities since day one,” his announcement said. “It’s time for me to explore other opportunities to continue my own learning, and to take a step away from public office in order to do so.”
Dubow is the second person on Victoria council to announce an intention to not run in the upcoming election.
Lisa Helps, mayor of Victoria, has previously announced she intends to not seek re-election.