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New trustee Lee isn't 'anti-SOGI,' he says

Martin van den Hemel   Oct-22-2018

Richard Lee

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As a lawyer, word choice means everything for trustee-elect Richard Lee.

“I’m totally not anti-SOGI,” he told The Richmond Sentinel Sunday afternoon when asked about how he was labelled during the campaign.

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After reading the June 27 SOGI policy, a sexual orientation and gender identity policy which dealt with keeping all kids safe in schools, he had two issues with it: the name of the policy, and the precise wording.

He said the policy should have been named to reflect its anti-bullying nature, and its wording should have indicated that “all members of the SOGI community should be respected.”

Lee has been a general practice lawyer for more than four decades, and is on this side of 70 years old.

He’s looking forward to serving the public again, now that he’s been successful for the fourth time in 11 attempts. He’s served as both a city councillor and trustee in the Okanagan, and been a trustee in Burnaby too.

Lee had planned to join some other trustee candidates from the parents’ slate to watch the election results, but when the numbers started rolling in, he couldn’t pry himself away from the screen when the numbers showed he was on the cusp of becoming a trustee.

“When I learned unofficially around 1:45 a.m. that I’m in sixth place, I thought, well, finally I have a chance to serve the people of Richmond, for the next four years, if I live that long,” Lee said.

Asked why he loves politics, Lee said he was a naturally introverted person, but when he got into politics, it opened him up. It gave him an opportunity to make many friends and meet many people he can learn from.

“I love serving people and helping them solve their problems.”


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