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TC Votes 2022: Meet Dennis Marsden, Coquitlam city council candidate

He's one of 22 people eyeing a spot on city council in one of Metro Vancouver's fastest-growing communities.

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.

Dennis Marsden (incumbent)

  • Age: 57
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident: 40
  • Occupation: Business consultant, retired bank manager
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? City council since 2014. Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce 2004–2008 (president in 2007). Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation 2005–2013 (treasurer 2006–2013).
  • Website: 
  • Twitter: dennis_marsden  
  • Instagram: dennisjmarsden  
  • Facebook: electdennismarsden 

Why are you running for public office? 

"I have been honoured to serve for the past eight years, bringing in a number of policies, ranging from financial management to affordable housing to environmental sustainability. I believe that in our current uncertain times, my experience at the council table and across the region will be valuable to ensure that Coquitlam continues to move forward in a positive manner. We have significant capital projects planned to deliver the infrastructure we need across the city and experienced, responsive leadership will be critical to our success."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"Affordable housing. We have had some tremendous initial success in bringing more rental housing to our city with over 2,000 non-market rental units and 10,000 rental units under construction or approval. I can use my experience to advocate for deeper subsidies to provide more workplace housing to ensure that we focus on the prevention of homelessness to start to stem the tide. Projects such as Burquitlam with 100 units of subsidized housing from $375 per month to rents based on income are needed across our city, and I can use my experience to deliver more of these homes."