Richmond Community Coalition Association announced its fifth candidate for Richmond city council and its first three school trustee candidates at Riverside Banquet Halls on June 22.
“These willing and trusted servants will be an important part of the RCCA team who will begin to reshape our city and bring harmony and balance back to Richmond,” RCCA president Rob Howard says.
Jonathan Ho, who currently serves as a trustee on the Richmond Board of Education, will join new candidates Melissa Zhang and Parm Bains on the coalition’s slate that also comprises sitting city councillors Ken Johnston and Chak Au.
Running for positions on the board of school trustees are RCCA members Rahim Othman, local realtor Keith Liedtke and former school trustee Rod Belleza.
At the dinner, Howard said: “We decided four years ago Richmond needed a new group. It takes a team to work with the mayor. We think we have a team that can do that.”
Howard, a Richmond native who grew up on the soccer fields at South Arm, remarked that affordability is definitely an issue. He spoke of the dropping school enrolments, the loss of Hugh Boyd’s football team, “and we lost Richmond High’s a few years back.”
“We are working on an agenda for a density plan,” he said.
Also in the audience at the dinner was mayoralty candidate Hong Guo and her campaign manager who spoke privately of the former Doug Ford campaign manager she has persuaded to join Guo’s campaign.
But Howard made it clear that Guo and her campaign manager were not in any way affiliated with the Richmond Community Coalition, and had chosen to attend the fundraising dinner that was dubbed the Harmony Banquet.
Howard reiterated strongly the coalition’s call to action of bringing harmony and balance to civic politics.