Port Moody-Coquitlam candidates get screen time
Between 39% and 57% of the 33,487 registered voters in the Port Moody-Coquitlam electoral district are expected to go to the polls on April 19, based on the last general election and a byelection held last year, which was won by Premier Christy Clark.
In case a few voters aren't yet aware of the byelection battle in their midst, which garnered significant media attention last week, The Tri-City News offers an election primer.
• The candidate: Dennis Marsden, a credit union manager, past-president of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2007, sports coach and referee, and current treasurer of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.
• In his own words (from www.dennismarsden.ca): "I am running, first and foremost, to ensure that Port Moody-Coquitlam continues to have strong representation in Victoria. My BC Liberal predecessors, Iain Black and Premier Christy Clark, did a lot for Port Moody-Coquitlam. If I am elected as your next MLA, that leadership will continue. We need a representative in Victoria who will work constructively within government to create and preserve local jobs, ensure job opportunities for our youth, and represent the values of local workers, families and seniors."
• 93 likes on Facebook.
• Most recent Facebook post (as of Thursday morning): "March 25 — Thanks to the great volunteers who did some sunny burmashaving this morning."
• Campaign office: 2611B St. Johns St., Port Moody; phone: 604-936-2776.
• The candidate: Joe Trasolini, owner of a contracting firm, elected to Port Moody council in 1996 and 1999 elected mayor of the city, a job he held until last fall. He has served as a director of Metro Vancouver and on TransLink's Mayor's Council.
• In his own words (from www.joetrasolini.bcndp.ca): "I want to be part of Adrian Dix's committed and hard-working team of MLAs who are getting things done for families. The people of Port Moody-Coquitlam have waited far too long to have someone in Victoria representing them and addressing the very real challenges they are facing today."
• 292 likes on Facebook.
• Most recent Facebook post (as of Thursday morning): "March 27 — I just gave to @ugm - online. It was so easy. Help transform communities one life at a time." (UGM is Union Gospel Mission.)
• Office: 2608 St. Johns St., Port Moody; phone: 604-939-8889.
• The candidate: Christine Clarke, the director and chair of advocacy for the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, former manager, entrepreneur, volunteer music instructor with a local Montessori school and past president of the Okanagan Montessori Elementary School Society.
• In her own words (from www.votechristineclarke.ca): "I look forward to this campaign being a battle of ideas between the common sense policies of the BC Conservatives and the two special-interest parties. Both the Liberals and NDP offer more of the same — their visions of B.C. that are bad for jobs, soft on crime and tough on commuters. For everyone who wants their cost of living reduced, who doesn't want to be treated as a cash cow every time they start their car and who wants to fix our catch-and-release justice system — you do have a choice: the BC Conservatives."
• 48 likes on Facebook
• Most recent Facebook post (as of Thursday morning): "March 29 — 2007 audit proves Liberals were warned TransLink fines not being collected, written by Jim Mitchell, party director of political operations."
• Office: none; Twitter: twitter.com/bccforbc.