Candidates announce in Coq., PoCo
• A captain with Burnaby Fire Department is seeking a seat on Coquitlam city council. Randy Delmonico announced Wednesday he plans to run in the November civic election. A Coquitlam resident for 23 years, Delmonico said the issues facing the city are the lack of Evergreen Line, development on Burke Mountain, the rejuvenation of Austin Heights and Burquitlam, the need for an arena in City Centre and the future of the Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm lands.
A former Coquitlam Sr. Adanac and current coach, Delmonico, 56, is a member of the Canadian and Coquitlam lacrosse halls of fame. He is also the brother of the city’s fire chief, Tony, and Port Coquitlam’s fire chief, Nick.
• A Coquitlam businessman who ran in last year’s council byelection will try again for a civic seat. Andy Wickey (www.andywickey.ca) said the city’s high business tax rate is a concern. “I am a pro-business candidate who believes that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they should be given every opportunity to prosper,” he said in a news release Thursday.
Currently on the PoCoMo Youth Services board of directors, Wickey also serves on the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Multicultural Advisory Council of BC. He also is the Toastmasters International area governor in the Tri-Cities and volunteers with the RCMP Community Speed Watch program.
• Port Coquitlam resident Michael Thomas announced he will seek a seat on council this fall.
Thomas is a married father of three who has volunteered on several council committees and is a director of the PoCo Heritage Society. He is also a member of the May Day Task Force, the PoCo Garden Club and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. This will be Thomas’s second time running in a civic campaign, after unsuccessfully challenging for a seat in the 2008 election.
For more information go to www.michael-thomas.ca.
• Port Coquitlam Downtown Business Improvement Association president Lih-Ming Tam said he will run for council in the upcoming civic election. Tam, who is married with two children, has been involved in the community through his children’s school, local athletic clubs and his work with the BIA. He is also an accountant at TLA accounting services in PoCo. The main focus of his campaign, Tam said, is on encouraging the creation of new jobs, while protecting existing employment in the city. For more information, email Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org.