After one term at Victoria City Hall, Margaret Lucas has announced she will not be running in the 2018 municipal election.
While she did not give a reason for her decision, she did say it was an honour to be a councillor in Victoria.
” I am proud to have brought the voice of business into city hall at the same time representing the broad desires of Victorians now and also laying the groundwork for future generations,” Lucas said in a statement.
During her time on council, Lucas helped overhaul the city’s Strategic Plan Grant progress and supported the creation of the Business Hub. She also backed affordable housing, the city’s cycling network and urban food initiatives.
“I am grateful for the time I had on council and appreciate the hard work that city staff do every day to keep our city safe, vibrant and livable,” Lucas said.
“My fellow colleagues on council welcomed me, and although we did not agree on everything, I certainly respect the time that they invest in our city. “
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said she will miss Lucas’ pragmatic, thoughtful and balanced approach on the council.
Lucas is the second councillor in Victoria who has announced they will not be seeking re-election. On Tuesday, longtime councillor Chris Coleman said he would not be running in the fall and is moving on to other endeavours.
Municipal elections will be held across B.C. on Oct. 20.