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Former Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps will not seek NDP seat

Former Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps will not seek NDP seat
Former Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps will not seek NDP seat

Former Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has announced she will not run for the NDP seat of Victoria-Swan Lake, days after an MLA announced his retirement.

Rumors that the former mayor was on the shortlist for the seat emerged shortly after British Columbia Transport Minister and MLA for the Victoria-Swan Lake constituency, Rob Fleming, announced he would step down this year.

Fleming had been active in provincial and municipal politics for more than 20 years and was also British Columbia’s Minister of Education for three years.

“I have enjoyed working directly with two dedicated, thoughtful and hard-working Premiers, John Horgan and David Eby, and I thank them for their confidence in me in the roles of Minister of Education and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure,” Fleming said in a statement.

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The Vancouver Sun reported on Friday that Lisa Helps had been shortlisted as a possible replacement for the constituency.

Helps told CHEK News she is not in the running for the position.

“When I stepped down after eight years as Mayor of Victoria, I made it clear that I had no further political ambitions. That remains the case today. I am currently privileged to work with an incredible team at BC Builds at BC Housing and enjoy every day the work I get to do in and with communities across the province to accelerate housing construction,” Helps said in a statement.

Helps announced that she will not run for re-election in 2022, after holding office for almost ten years.

Last year, she was brought on by Premier Eby as a housing solutions advisor for their BC Builds program.

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