Saanich Coun. Leif Wergeland will not seek re-election in the Oct. 20 municipal election.
Wergeland, who made the announcement Wednesday, said he is honoured and proud to have represented residents on Saanich council for 22 years and on the board of directors of the Capital Regional District for 15 years.
He said responsible spending and budgeting — “learning to live within our needs, not our wants” — have always been important to him.
“I’m proud to have been part of a council that is committed to setting aside funds for long-term infrastructure replacement,” Wergeland said.
“I have always supported and seen the importance of finding balance between environmental protection, economic and social development.”
Wergeland, one of the founders of the Compassionate Resource Warehouse, said he wants to devote more time to his family and to local and international volunteering.
“There are people here and around the globe who have needs that many of us take for granted. … I look forward to continuing to serve in this area and in any other volunteer opportunities that may arise.”