Parksville Mayor Chris Burger

Burger will not run in November, endorses Marc Lefebvre

Parksville will have a new mayor; Burger cites family, business reasons for not running this fall

Chris Burger will not stand for re-election this fall and he’s endorsing the newest candidate in Parksville’s mayoral race, current city councillor Marc Lefebvre.

Burger and Lefebvre held a joint news conference in Parksville on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s time to turn over a new chapter,” said Burger, mayor of Parksville since 2010, adding that his wife and children have been “very patient” over the years he’s served as mayor and councillor.

Aside from family reasons, Burger said he needs to spend more time at his Meadowwood Store.

“We have a busy, growing business that requires more of my focus,” he said.

At Burger’s side during the news conference was Lefebvre, who was first elected to city council in 2002.

He said “fiscal discipline” will be the main plank of his mayoral campaign.

“Decisions on how to spend taxpayers’ dollars have to be made in the context of the biggest bang for our bucks and the relevancy to our city’s ongoing sustainable development,” said Lefebvre.

The municipal election is Nov. 15. Lefebvre joins fellow councillor Bill Neufeld and Antonio Farinha as the only declared candidates for mayor.

For more on this story, pick up Tuesday’s edition of The NEWS.

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