If the 2018 civic election is known for anything aside from ‘Mega Mansions on Farmland,’ and SOGI, it might just be the word “teamwork.”
This week, incumbent trustee Debbie Tablotney joined the Richmond Education Party, which means voters who choose that slate can now vote in an entirely new seven-member board of education.
Tablotney joins fellow incumbents Ken Hamaguchi and Sandra Nixon to lead the group that also includes Jeff Danis, Heather Larson, Karina Reid and Andrew Scallion.
“Our aim is to give Richmond voters the opportunity to elect a team of seven candidates who represent a progressive stance and will move the district forward in a positive way,” the organization said.
The Richmond Education Party’s priorities are student safety, student programs, student resources and learning, student facilities, and communication and accountability.
Last month, Richmond Citizens Association and Richmond Independent Team of Electors, also joined forces, urging Richmond voters to support their coalition and the select their combined slates to form a brand new council.
Richmond Citizens’ Association includes incumbent Coun. Harold Steves, Kelly Greene, Judie Schneider and Jack Trovato.
RITE Richmond includes Carol Day, Michael Wolfe, Niti Sharma and Henry Yao.
RCA and RITE Richmond are focusing much of their efforts on the issue of preserving farmland for future generations.
“We will decrease the size limits on farmhouses from (10,764 square feet), put better protocols in place to make sure that farmhouses are actually used for farming, and work with the province to close the loopholes which permit speculators to purchase farmland by avoiding residential lot guidelines, pricing policies, and residential property taxes,” RCA and RITE Richmond wrote in a joint post on Facebook. “Ultimately, with climate change, food sovereignty will become increasingly important.”
There had been a rumour that Richmond First and the Richmond Community Coalition were going to merge, but that proved false.