The mayor of Tofino and marine biologist, Josie Osborne intends to run in the next election as part of John Horgan’s NDP
On Tuesday, Josie Osborne announced she plans to seek the nomination for the BC NDP in the riding of Mid Island-Pacific Rim, following the news that current MLA Scott Fraser will not run in the next provincial election. Josie was elected mayor of Tofino in 2013 and as a former professional biologist, she’s a staunch defender of the environment as well as a strong advocate for housing and transportation.
“I have decided to run for the BC NDP because I have seen the devastating impacts this pandemic has had on our communities and I believe John Horgan is the right person to lead the province during this difficult time,” Josie said.
As the current chair of the Island Coastal Economic Trust and former chairperson of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Josie brings a wealth of experience and a passion for working for people. Josie lives in Tofino with her partner who operates the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
In 2019, a children’s book was published entitled, ‘Josie Jelly: The Donut that Ran for Mayor’ inspired by Josie’s mayoral campaign in the popular tourist town.
“I want to help build a long-term recovery that is sustainable and will make life better for the people in the Central Vancouver Island and all British Columbians,” Josie said. “Following the incredible work of Scott Fraser, it’s crucial this work to rebuild our province is done in partnership with First Nation communities.”