Saanich police detective Damian Kowalewich is the new councillor in View Royal.
Kowalewich won the byelection held in View Royal on Saturday with 518 votes. He surpassed Adam Flint who had 177 votes, and University of Victoria student Nathan Daisley with 286.
“I am here for everyone.” says Saanich Police detective Damian Kowalewich.
Along with working for Saanich police, Kowalewich is the volunteer chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee in Victoria, which is concerned with the welfare of inmates and corrections officers. He is also the head coach for Juan De Fuca minor hockey.
His 11-month term is shorter than the other councillors and Kowalewich stressed he plans to remain “realistic about this.”
He hopes to get the federal government to provide financial assistance to the Capital Regional District’s transit system, as he describes commuting in View Royal as subpar.
“The federal government gave Toronto Transit 1.9 billion dollars, they are giving money to local governments,” he said.
Many were also intrigued about University of Victoria student Nathan Daisley’s involvement in the election and Kowalewich says he is glad to see the trend of younger citizens participating in the political process, such as the prime minister.
“I am 37, that’s young” said Kowalewich, “My door is open, I am open to communication…and I want to thank everyone that got out and voted.”
The next election in View Royal is set to take place in late 2018.