EXCLUSIVE: Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts confirms plans to seek federal Conservative nomination
Speculation has been swirling for some time now about the plans of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts when her third term expires in November.
Watts admits she’s been approached by both the federal Liberals and Tories but has been coy about her future, until now.
Ever since she beat incumbent Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, she’s become one of the suburbs most popular and transformative leaders.
Now she’s ready to embark on a new challenge; to seek the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of South Surrey-White Rock.
Watts says she’s decided to seek the nomination to continue the work she has done in Surrey as Mayor.
“I think there’s a lot of things we still need to do, and a voice in Ottawa would really advantage the city of Surrey and the region,” says Watts.
If elected as MP, she says she wants to focus on train safety in Surrey-White Rock.
White Rock city council says it wants the train tracks moved away from the city’s waterfront, and Watts says several other options are currently under review.
She also wants to continue to push for light rail transit for Surrey.
Despite having 500,000 residents, the city only has four Skytrain stops and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada.
The next federal election is scheduled for October 19, 2015.