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Richmond Community Coalition announces council candidates

Martin van den Hemel   May-04-2018

Incumbents Chak Au and Ken Johnston are joined on the Richmond Community Coalition council slate by Melissa Zhang and Parm Bains.

Photo by Lorraine Graves

Two incumbents and two newcomers have tossed their hats into the civic election ring for the October municipal election, the Richmond Community Coalition announced Friday.

Council veterans Ken Johnston and Chak Au are seeking re-election this October, and are joined on the Richmond Community Coalition slate by Melissa Zhang and Parm Bains.



Rob Howard, a former city councillor and MLA who is now president of the Richmond Community Coalition, said 2014 was a good year for the coalition.

“Thanks to the Richmond Community Coalition’s success in engaging residents during the 2014 election, the Coalition elected two councillors,” he said, referring to Johnston and Au.

“Working together, Ken and Chak were able to steer a divided city council to initiate an internal city spending review,” Howard said. “With a balanced team of experienced candidates and fresh ideas, a Coalition-led council will deliver a more open, transparent and positive city council reflective of the tremendous potential of our multicultural city.”

Said Johnston: “With all the great things accomplished during my years on council, I am personally thrilled to seek another term so I can support our new candidates.”

Added Au: “The Coalition is more than just an idle political commitment. We need to take action. Richmond is ready for a bright future.”

Bains described himself as a lifelong Richmond resident who has grown tired of watching his friends move out of Richmond.

“Tight-knit families and friends are being torn apart, and grandparents are driving across the region just to visit their children and grandchildren. I am committed to being part of a constructive, solution-oriented government that welcomes everyone to be a part of planning a great city made up of strong and vibrant communities.”

Zhang said dialogue is key in achieving success, maintaining harmony and working together.

“I have dedicated myself to volunteering in our community so I have heard what my neighbours want. They want their teenage children and their friends to be able to work hard, build a family and a life, and buy a home in Richmond.”

Howard said the Richmond Community Coalition is committed to making local government more efficient, more accountable and more responsible.

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