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Murdock officially enters Saanich Mayoral race

September 7, 2022

For Immediate Release  

Murdock officially enters Saanich Mayoral race; calls for a more unified approach to top-job

Saanich, B.C. – Dean Murdock, former 3-term Saanich Councillor and CRD director, officially declared he is running to be Saanich Mayor on Wednesday. He filed his nomination papers at Saanich Municipal Hall, signalling his return to politics after one-term off council. 

“It’s not enough to just talk about creating a better future. Saanich needs a leader who understands how to tackle the unprecedented challenges we’re facing,” said Murdock. “People are looking for real action. We’re seeing the council split on 5-4 votes. Being the Mayor is about more than photo ops and ribbon cutting. The job takes a leader who’s proactive, can find common ground, and get results.”


Murdock has been actively campaigning to be Mayor since October 2021, and has spent ten months knocking on doors, talking to thousands of Saanich residents.

“People tell me that what they love most about Saanich is slipping away. They expect leaders to work together to solve these challenges. Instead they’re hearing a lot of talk and not seeing a lot of action,” Murdock said. “Families are moving away because they cannot afford housing. Pensioners are struggling to make ends meet. People worry about their kids getting home safely from school. Heat waves and floods have us fearful about climate change. This is not the future we want.”

Murdock’s platform will focus on the priorities shared by people in Saanich. “In this campaign, we’re going to offer solutions that address the serious challenges our community is facing. Solutions that create affordable homes for families and older adults to age in place. We’ll build accessible, walkable neighbourhoods. We’ll take action to strengthen our local economy, protect against climate change, and restore trust in decision-making.” 

“The challenges we face are serious and urgent. We can’t afford four more years of talking. Saanich needs a leader who can bring people together and deliver results,” said Murdock. “I am that leader. I want to build a better future for Saanich, together.”

Murdock (age 40) lives in Saanich with his wife, Rachel, and children, Caelum and Avery. They have a 15-year-old Beagle named Bella.

The nomination period for mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates closes on Friday, September 9 at 4pm.

The municipal election is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 for all municipalities in B.C.

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