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TC Votes 2022: Meet Dean Washington, Port Coquitlam city council candidate

He's hoping to win one of six seats at PoCo city hall for the next four years.
Incumbent Dean Washington is a council candidate for Port Coquitlam in the 2022 civic election.

The Tri-City News sent questionnaires to each candidate in the 2022 civic election to learn more about who they are, why they are campaigning and what are the issues that matter most to them.

Candidates are being published to our website in alphabetical order.

Dean Washington (incumbent)

  • Age: 57
  • Years as a Port Coquitlam resident: 55
  • Occupation: Owner and President of GRiP Tire Stores and RPM Media Publishing, three-term city councillor
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? Lead volunteer/chairperson of the Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show & Cruise. Port Coquitlam Foundation board member. 
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  • Facebook: @rpmcanada

Why are you running? 

"I’m running to continue my work with Mayor Brad West as council’s designate for finance and budget that I have had the honour of overseeing the past 10 years. Responsible management of taxpayer dollars is council’s first and foremost priority. I will also continue to be a strong voice advocating the city focus on providing excellent customer service and the back to basics philosophy of providing strong core municipal services with a focus on overall cleanliness and community safety." 

What’s your No. 1 issue and why? 

"Revitalization of downtown Port Coquitlam. As the councillor who oversees the exciting transformation of our downtown I see the positive effects from what has transpired to date and look forward to delivering an overall vibrancy to the downtown with new a bowling alley, restaurants, retailers and professional services in a walkable area that will create a safe and fun go to spot for our residents."