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Coquitlam's first all-candidates forum set for tonight

It's the first in a series of debates hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and audience members will get to ask questions.
The Evergreen Cultural Centre is hosting an all-candidates forum tonight (Sept. 22) for Coquitlam mayor and council hopefuls from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) is gearing up to host its first of three scheduled all-candidates debates tonight (Sept. 22).

And all eyes will be on mayor and council hopefuls running in Coquitlam for the 2022 municipal election — set for Oct. 15.

The Evergreen Culture Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) will serve as the backdrop for the forum as candidates are set to speak to local residents on issues that matter to them.

Up until today, there have been some meet-and-greets put together by local organizations where candidates shared their platforms and reasons for campaigning.

Topics and questions are set to be delivered by a moderator, as well as from audience members during the session.

The TCCC oversees and guides more than 900 businesses, non-profits and home-based entrepreneurs in the region.

Its all-candidates meeting tonight, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is free to attend with no registration required, but seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those that can't attend in person can livestream the forum via the Chamber's website.

For Coquitlam, eligible voters will soon cast their ballot for one mayor and eight city councillors.

The candidates are as follows (in alphabetical order):


  • Adel Gamar
  • Mark Mahovlich
  • Richard Stewart (incumbent)


  • Brent Asmundson (incumbent)
  • Rob Bottos
  • Phil Buchan
  • Ben Craig
  • Mo Darwish
  • Matt Djonlic
  • Craig Hodge (incumbent)
  • Steve Kim (incumbent)
  • Paul Lambert
  • Sean Lee
  • Trish Mandewo (incumbent)
  • Dennis Marsden (incumbent)
  • Robert Mazzarolo
  • Cameron McBryer
  • Brian Misera
  • Benjamin Perry
  • Leslie Roosa
  • Zoe Royer
  • Harvey Su
  • Ali Tootian
  • Teri Towner (incumbent)
  • Carl Trepanier

The TCCC will also be hosting two other all-candidates forums for Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, set for Sept. 29 and Oct. 3 respectively.

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