North Vancouver city Mayor Darrell Mussatto not seeking re-election

The City of North Vancouver’s Darrell Mussatto is the latest Metro Vancouver mayor to announce that he’s not running for re-election this fall.

Mussatto has served on the city’s council for almost 25 years, first as a councillor for four terms, then four terms as mayor.

Mussatto said he got into politics to make a difference and give back to the community — in particular to make the city more environmentally sustainable.

“I’ve accomplished the goals,” he said. “I think that what I really wanted to do I’ve achieved.”

This includes densifying the city and reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Mussatto is particularly proud of the Lonsdale Energy Corporation, an award-winning district energy system.

“I think we have a more sustainable community, we’ve got a more livable community, and we’ve got a great place to live,” Mussatto said. “We’ve done a lot. I’ve been an agent of change, there’s no doubt about that. The old ways of doing things weren’t working any more.”

Mussatto said he feels honoured and privileged to have served his community, but he’s ready to move on and doesn’t want to fight another election.

“It’s a very stressful job,” said Mussatto. “It takes a toll in your private life, your family life, and I like a bit of change myself, so I need to take another step and do something else.”

What that step will be, Mussatto hasn’t yet decided. Outside of politics, the 57-year-old was a paramedic for 30 years, and has worked as a high school teacher. He said he would consider teaching again, but is willing to explore other avenues. What he does know is that he’s not ready to retire.

“I have a lot of energy left,” he said. “I’ve given the city a lot and the city has given me a lot. It’s time for a change at …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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