The politicians running for Courtenay mayor are certainly not doing themselves any favours. In their greed for some early headlines and name recognition, the three candidates that have announced, Eriksson, Frisch, and Wells, have ensured that the little that was getting done in council will now be reduced to a trickle.
They have shouted from the rooftops that “Change is Coming:” good thing we will only have to wait 200 days to find out what change that might be. In the meantime, prepare for an even less collaborative effort as they all try to brawl for headline-catching dissent in chambers.
I believe the only upside in their early announcements is that we will have at a minimum two fewer ineffective politicians haranguing Courtenay council, and three more open seats to be filled with politicians who actually represent the electorate in a meaningful way.
I don’t think we want to model ourselves after our neighbours to the south and get stuck in perpetual election campaigns.
So, 200 days from now, be sure to cast your ballots. And remember, the three candidates put in a solid three out of four years before they decided to give up on working together, and put themselves ahead of the electorate.