The following Letter was sent to both Sooke PocketNews and the Sooke News Mirror, in response to an editorial in the latter. Mr. Hull kindly copied it to SPN.
We really appreciate the dedication and service to the community from Councillor Kerrie Reay, per page 3 in Sooke News Mirror of 22 February 2017 about “Social media chases councillor from politics.”
It is fascinating to read between the lines and pick out the hidden agendas when politicians make comments.
I have always said that politicians should never use the word “clear” in any explanation, because it means here comes the mud, even small time politicians such as councillors in small towns.
Hasn’t there been a buzz in the past about Kerrie Reay running for the provincial Liberals for a seat in the legislature?
Your story on page 3 made no mention of any such future considerations for Reay, instead leaving the impression that “social media” is forcing her out of politics. Is this misleading?
It’s probably not possible to be both a local councillor and MLA at the same time, so wouldn’t she have to quit the lower jurisdiction to pursue the higher one in Victoria?
Maybe this is indeed the end of politics for Kerrie Reay because if these encounters with social media, or questions by a news reporter, can cause such consternation it would be game over in a higher jurisdiction.
So we should not expect her to pursue further involvement with politics? Would we be surprised if she suddenly commits to running for the Liberals?
Or is this whole thing nothing more than a potshot at a local news medium? Shades of Trump?
By the way, Sooke Pocket News is not social media, other than being on internet, instead of paper. It’s a well established local news medium.
Social media includes such things as Facebook and Twitter, which are means of two way communication between people.
I wish her well, just to be clear.
SPN Addendum: Kerrie Reay ran for the BC Liberal party in 2013 against John Horgan and achieved 30.96% of the popular vote. Currently, Cathy Noel has been announced as the Liberal candidate for the Langford/Juan de Fuca riding. Councillor Reay will be serving Sooke until the end of her term. The next municipal election is October 20, 2018.