The first candidate seeking a council seat has come forward.
Neil Corbett announced Tuesday morning his intention to run in the municipal election.
"It's my pleasure to announce that I will be running for a seat on Delta council as an independent candidate in this fall's municipal election," he said. "Viewing this as a tremendous opportunity to further serve our community, I am very pleased to be able to run and if elected, will plan to serve Delta in a full time capacity."
Corbett, a Tsawwassen resident, spent 25 years working in computer systems, telecommunications and network support before retiring in 2004. More recently he has spent several years in marketing and communications for Delta Hospital. He has volunteered with Tour de Delta for the past 11 years and is currently serving his third year as a member of the Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. He organized Delta's first Relay for Life cancer fundraiser and was a finalist for the Delta Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award in 2009.
"It's my strong belief that council members should operate in an environment of openness and
accessibility," he said. "The community needs a direct connection to those that represent them, and council needs to be readily available to closely listen to those that wish to be heard."
Corbett, 51, is also a member of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.
Corbett is the first council candidate to make his intentions known, however, there are already three declared candidates in the mayoral race.
Former longtime councilor Krista Engelland last month announced that she will once again be running for mayor. The five-term councillor lost to current mayor Lois Jackson in the 2008 election.
Councillor Heather King also announced that she is making a bid for the mayor's chair and Jackson has said she will seek reelection.