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TC Votes 2022: Meet Justin A. Smith, Port Coquitlam city council candidate

He's hoping to win one of six seats at PoCo city hall for the next four years.

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.

Justin A. Smith

  • Age: 24
  • Years as a Port Coquitlam resident: 21
  • Occupation: Campaign strategist at New/Mode
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? Volunteer to help run and set up Port Coquitlam’s youth open mic night. Supervisor voting officer for Election BC during the last provincial election.
  • Email[email protected]
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @Justin4poco
  • Instagram: @Justinalexandersmith

Why are you running for public office?

"I’m running to give you a seat at the table and find collaborative solutions to Port Coquitlam’s toughest problems. Throughout my life in PoCo, I’ve been inspired at what people can accomplish when we work together. We have incredible people with amazing ideas. I want to use my position as councillor to give you a platform and a voice. We can find solutions to housing affordability and environmental sustainability while improving political engagement by sitting down and working together."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"My number one issue is Housing Affordability. We need to ensure people can afford to live in our beautiful city. Whether it be your kids leaving the nest, seniors looking to downsize, or a young family wanting to start a life in Port Coquitlam, strong action on affordable housing will allow us to keep families together. By putting people first, we can create housing that works for the residents of Port Coquitlam while maintaining our city’s unique character."