With Town of Comox Mayor Paul Ives stepping down in the fall, a new hopeful has thrown his hat into the mayoral ring.

Tom Diamond is the first candidate to step forward in a bid for the vacant mayor’s chair.

The B.C. municipal election is Oct. 20.

Part of Diamond’s election platform is to “put Comox on the map” with a revitalized downtowm core.

“Give families, downtown workers, seniors and tourists a vibrant walking promenade of bustling shops and restaurants, that stretches from our spectacular seaside up to Comox Avenue,” Diamond said on his website (mayortom.ca). “Add a Granville Island style public market that showcases unique local foods and crafts from the Valley.”

Diamond also promised affordable business leases, a strong local market, positive incentives, and “more resources to help new entrepreneurs thrive” and on the environmental side, to “make our seaside so pristine that we can once again harvest shellfish safely.”

Diamond’s bio notes that he is a university faculty, administrator and program director, public speaker on leadership and wellness, Doctor of Psychology focusing on brain health, and a Comox resident for eight years with a family and small business.