Could two members of the new Richmond council, one a veteran politician, the other a newly minted one, again have their eyes set on a provincial prize?
Chak Au and Kelly Greene both ran unsuccessfully for the NDP in the 2017 provincial election, with Au running in Richmond South Centre and finishing fewer than 1,300 votes behind MLA Linda Reid, who finished with 6,914 votes.
Greene ran in Richmond-Steveston, and finished fewer than 1,800 votes behind MLA John Yap, who garnered 10,332 votes.
Even while Au was a Richmond councillor, NDP Premier John Horgan didn’t hide his affection for Au when the province announced it was funding a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital.
At the start of the press conference, Horgan mentioned Au’s name numerous times, and said Au worked hard advocating for the tower.
According to reporter Bob Mackin, Au hosted a fundraiser for Horgan in the summer of 2017 and also chipped in with $5,000, the donation documented in the results of a Freedom of Information request by Mackin.
Au could not be reached for comment.
Councillor-elect Kelly Greene said she has no plans to run for provincial office if there’s an election during her four-year term.
“I think that’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves in asking that question,” Greene told The Richmond Sentinel Sunday. “I’ve been elected to city council and I’ll absolutely respect that.”
Asked to clarify, she said: “Where I can make the most difference is where I’ll be. No, I’m working for Richmond. They have hired me…”
Greene said she’ll “honour that commitment” and will work hard to get the city what it needs and deserves.