Delta's two MLAs have differing views when it comes to publicly endorsing municipal election candidates.
Delta North MLA Guy Gentner, a former civic councillor who now represents the NDP in the legislature, last week stated his personal endorsement of council candidate Sylvia Bishop and school board hopeful Val Windsor for, saying things need to be "spiced up" for both government bodies.
Gentner said he's endorsing them personally as a resident, not as MLA.
"I'm an individual like anybody else and I have the right to come forward and support them. I'm certainly not coming from my (constituency) office, I'm coming as an individual," he said.
Gentner said there are others he likes who are running for council and school board, but he'll only publicly throw his support behind Bishop and Windsor, adding the others he likes don't need his endorsement anyway.
Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington, also a former councillor, hasn't publicly endorsed any of the candidates, although she's pictured with Bishop on Bishop's website.
Huntington said there are several candidates she's in agreement with when it comes to such issues as preserving agricultural land, but she won't name them or issue public support.
"I don't want to endorse. You know the mayor (Lois Jackson) and council endorsed (Liberal provincial election candidate) Wally (Oppal) and I felt it was inappropriate, and I'm not going to be a hypocrite and do the same thing," she said.
However, she then said, "I feel quite strongly that people should be looking very carefully at the candidates. If you favour development, there are two or three candidates for mayor that do stand for that and their voting record indicates that. If you want development to occur sensitive to community wishes, sensitive to protecting the agricultural land, then there's candidates that have shown their preference."
Huntington also said it's too bad most of the candidates for municipal hall aren't being straightforward on their views on the controversial Southlands issue.
She added with port and rail expansion, planned major development at the Tsawwassen First Nation and other issues that will impact Delta, this is one of the most important municipal elections ever.
"Delta is on the cusp of major change and I think people have to be very careful about, or understand quite clearly, that their council will have a lot to do with that in one way or the other."