Mayoralty candidate says he is ‘proud of who I am.’

Sean McNulty hopes to debate the issues in the community in his bid for election to Central Saanich council, and not dwell on his court dealings in the past.

“I don’t have a criminal record … I’m a good person, people know that,” he said during an interview Monday. The now 24-year-old mayoral candidate did complete community service after he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in 2004. “A fight five years ago is a non-issue,” he added, referring to the altercation after a night out with friends in Victoria. “It says very little about who I am.”

He feels the issues should be discussed rather than an incident where he has already paid his debt to society.

“It is true that I was involved in an altercation, although it was in 2003 when I was 19,” McNulty wrote on his web site. “The incident took place at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday morning after a Monday night out at the Boom Boom Room. My friend and I were driving home when some other individuals pulled up beside our car and began to antagonize us. We then made a bad decision to engage these individuals.”

The assault charge came to the public’s eye right before the Nov. 6 all candidates meeting that was sponsored by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Peninsula News Review. “When there’s an elephant in the room, it’s best to acknowledge it,” he said during the meeting held at Bayside middle school.

He said he knew the assault charge would likely come up during the election, but doesn’t regret not being the first to bring it to light.

“I’m taking on the vocal minority in Central Saanich. I expected them to come at me full force,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way I dealt with it. It came up and I addressed it.”

He points out that Island View Golf Centre, where he is general manager, was awarded Business of the Year during the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Awards this year. McNulty is also past president of the Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters, sits on the Board of Directors for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and is part of the family’s business, Five Star Paving. By today he also expects to have knocked on every door in the municipality as part of his Silent Majority Tour.

“That’s who I am, not some fight that was five years ago. I don’t know anyone in this community who hasn’t been in a fight before,” McNulty said. “The accomplishments I’ve had before and after speak to who I am more than that incident.”

Before the assault, McNulty said, he graduated on the honour role, organized events, and was part of the high school football team.

“I was a good kid,” he said. “I’m very proud of who I am.”

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