Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will not seek re-election

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts announced Saturday she will not seek re-election for a fourth term during municipal elections in November.

Watts made the announcement at the unveiling of Surrey’s new City Hall at 104th and King George, saying that she is stepping down as part of her promise to hold office for only three terms.

She did not specify what her plans for the future and would not comment about speculation that she will move to federal politics.

After nine years on city council, Watts was elected as the city’s first female mayor in 2005. 

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She won the last municipal election by over 80 per cent.


Watts’ major public policy initiatives have focused on attracting investment and creating jobs, according to the city’s website.

She has spearheaded several strategies including the Economic Investment Action Plan and the Build Surrey Program, which is the largest construction and investment program in the city’s history.