Peter Lockhart Gordon says he has both "altruistic as well as selfish" reasons for running for mayor of the City of Duncan this fall.
"The altruistic reason is that I think I can make a contribution," he said.
While he has never stood for election before, Gordon does have a background in municipal politics, having served as senior counsel with the City of Toronto for more than 12 years, during which time he had cases go all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked with "wonderful people" like Jack Layton, who served as a city councillor in Toronto before becoming leader of the federal NDP.
The "selfish" reasons include hoping to solve some problems he believes with Duncan’s current system. Gordon also believes there is "too much" government at the local level.
"Frankly, I’ve been a little frustrated with the current city hall, both through my clients and other matters," Gordon said. "I’ve had difficulty getting a straight answer out of city hall."
When Gordon complained about his dealings with city hall, it was pointed out to him that this was an election year and suggested that he should run for mayor. that set the ball rolling.
Gordon, the only challenger to incumbent mayor Phil Kent, has been practicing law for 35 years, working in several different fields, but recently dealing chiefly in civil litigation. He has lived in the Cowichan Valley since 2003, when his wife took a job with the Cowichan District Hospital as a doctor and radiologist, and is a member of the board for the Green Door Society.