Sooke British Columbia Mayor Maja Tait has been acclaimed as the Federal NDP Candidate for the riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, setting the stage for an exciting electoral battle in the upcoming federal election.
Tait's decision to step into federal politics marks a significant transition for a politician who has built a strong reputation at the municipal level.
Tait's political journey began in 2008 when she was first elected as a Councillor in the District of Sooke. Her dedication and commitment to serving her community quickly became apparent, leading to her re-election in 2011. However, it was in 2014 that Tait decided to take the leap into the mayoral race, a decision that would ultimately reshape her political trajectory. With her visionary leadership and inclusive approach, Tait secured the position of Sooke's Mayor and was subsequently re-elected in 2018 and again in the 2022 Municipal election, a testament to the trust and confidence the residents of Sooke have placed in her.
The riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke holds historical significance for the NDP, having been under the hand of NDP MP Randall Garrison since 2011. Garrison's victory in the then-riding of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca marked a pivotal moment when the NDP flipped the seat from the Liberals.