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Kanakos seeks a return to Delta council

Former councillor Jeannie Kanakos announced Wednesday she's looking to return to Delta council.

Former councillor Jeannie Kanakos announced Wednesday she's looking to return to Delta council.

Her candidacy has been endorsed by fellow independent Bruce McDonald, who's seeking re-election to council, and Laura Dixon, who is running for a second term on the Delta school board.

"I would be honoured to serve the Delta residents again and to contribute to making our good community better. It is a bonus to run with Laura Dixon and Bruce McDonald, who I respect and who have done so much for Delta," said Kanakos.

Kanakos served a three-year term on council after being elected in 2005. She didn't seek re-election in the 2008 in order to run for the Liberals against Delta North NDP MLA Guy Gentner in the 2009 provincial election.

"Jeannie brings an excellent track record as a Delta municipal councillor. She is known for being prepared and she gets things done," stated McDonald.

Kanakos said her platform focuses on the importance of sustainability in Delta.

"I look forward to Delta becoming a sustainable community and as your municipal councillor, I will consider the environmental, economic and social factors when making decisions for our community."

Kanakos said she was proud to have worked with the late George Hawskworth, the former longtime council member who passed away suddenly last year, saying he was a mentor.

Kanakos, who notes she is an experienced negotiator and facilitator and owns her own consulting business, also said she championed improved library services in Delta.

"I believe in the importance of literacy and the positive role libraries play in bringing the community together," she said.

She also supported the development and implementation of Delta's Climate Change Initiative, where Delta seeks to be carbon neutral by 2012.

Community wellness is also high on Kanakos' list of priorities, noting she's proud of such accomplishments as the Sungod Recreation Centre expansion, the Winskill Seniors Wellness Park and the Delsom turf field in North Delta.

Dixon added Kanakos brings a constructive, thoughtful approach to the office of municipal councillor.

The municipal election is Nov. 19.