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Why have I decided to run for Mayor?

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I have been approached by numerous people for advice, many of whom have expressed concerns regarding the current leadership at City Hall. People are saying that when I left City Hall, there was a clear path forward. They are also saying that Nelson is at a crossroads:  Voters need to consider whether Nelson will be better off than it is today if we have 4 more years of the leadership style of the current Mayor…..or do we need to rethink our direction? Obviously, I think we need a change in direction.

I feel renewed and want to commit myself to the next four years in order to get our community back on track.   With Council, I want to focus on a number of priorities that will ensure City Hall is working well to enhance the quality of life for all generations in this city that we love so much.

The mandate of municipal government is clear and I am committed to ensuring that Council is focused on things that they are accountable for. In addition, the Mayor is the voice, face and advocate for the city and plays an important role in influencing all levels of government responsible for a range of things that are important to our overall quality of life.

As Mayor, I took pride in being available, passionate, hardworking and engaged. Having spent 15 years at City Hall, 9 as Mayor, I have the experience and knowledge of how municipal government should function. My wife Pat and I have been residents of Nelson for over 40 years and have raised our family here.   I worked as a small business owner, an employer and employee. I believe in giving back and as such have been a lifelong Nelson volunteer. I’m very passionate about and proud of Nelson.

After leaving public life 4 years ago, I have continued to volunteer on several boards and agencies while returning to the private sector. I believe that the added experience I gained over the past 4 years will benefit our city.



2011-2014 Accomplishments


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  • Advocated for improved health care services, and opened new Emergency Ward with CT scanner.

  • Improved core services, with a focus on re-building our infrastructure.

  • Recognized and awarded for our environmental stewardship,

  • Increased access to arts, culture, and recreation facilities including art in public places, developed a new skate and bike park, Davies St Parks.

  • Facilitated improvements to student, seniors and affordable housing.

  • Moved the Nelson transfer station, freeing up land for future use.

  • Supported Rail town development through demolition of the old CP diesel shop, and transfer of the CP station to the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Enhanced regional relationships, resulting in more cooperative planning and provision of financial services to 3 small communities.

  • Elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities and chair of the FCM BC Caucus, resulting in demonstrated financial benefits to the City of Nelson and area.



About John Dooley




As a coach, volunteer and municipal leader, I have worked on and supported:

  • Capitol Theater Restoration

  • Nelson and District Community Complex, including major pool upgrade

  • Permanent home for the Glacier Gymnastics club

  • Lakeside soccer fields

  • Lions Park rink

  • Nelson Leafs bottle depot and recycling initiatives

  • Waterfront dog park

  • Lions Park ball diamond

  • Indoor soccer fields

  • Arts in public places


  • Moved to Nelson in 1975

  • Owner of John Dooley Drywall and Stucco

  • Operator, Amerispec Home Inspection Services

  • Community volunteer from 1975 – present

  • Founding member, Nelson and Area Friends of the Family

  • Founder and coach, Grinders Hockey School

  • Founder and coach, Sidekicks Soccer School

  • Past member, Nelson Kinsmen Club and Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club

  • Past president and manager, Nelson Senior Leafs

  • Past Board member, Nelson Minor Hockey and Nelson Minor Soccer

  • Appointed to Columbia Basin Trust Board (2014-2017)

  • Current positions:

    • President, Nelson Leafs

    • Director, Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce

    • Community Relations Consultant, Interoute Construction

    • Community Relations/Municipal Relations, Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Association