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Lalli seeks mayor’s job in Squamish


Squamish Councillor Paul Lalli announced last week he will run for mayor of the Howe Sound town, and incumbent Mayor Corrine Lonsdale announced she will not seek re-election as mayor.

Instead, Lonsdale will try for a seat on council.

Lalli, 31, announced he would be a candidate for mayor at a Sept. 12 reception at the Best Western Sea to Sky Hotel. He is the first candidate in the Squamish mayoralty race to officially announce his intentions.

In a short speech, Lalli identified economic diversity, fiscal responsibility, a prosperous downtown, and accountability as key campaign themes.

"There has been some division in the community over some issues and as your mayor I want to state very clearly that I support a diversified economy for Squamish, one that includes both tourism and traditional industry," Lalli said. "I feel they are both vital parts of our community and there is room for both. I want to help those that want to invest in our community so that we can broaden our tax base."

Lalli has been a councillor for six years. He was first elected in a byelection in 1996 and topped the polls in the vote for council three years ago. He is currently chair of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District board.

Lalli was born and raised in Squamish and has worked in the hospitality industry. He currently owns a business in downtown Squamish.

Lonsdale, who attended Lalli’s campaign launch, indicated she wishes to spend more time with her family.

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