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TC Votes 2022: Meet Matt Djonlic, 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.

Matt Djonlic

  • Age: 30
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident: 16
  • Occupation: Provincial government employee
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? Trustee, Coquitlam Public Library Board (2014–2022); Mackin Park cleanup with United Way; member of Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group.
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  • Phone: 778-724-9407
  • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @MattDjonlic 

Why are you running for public office?

"I’m running for city council with a focus on delivering the housing needed for the next generation of Coquitlam families. Our city and region are changing, and we must plan for complete communities. This is our opportunity to make sure we build the kind of neighbourhoods our kids can grow up in, seniors can afford to stay in, and that we can all thrive in. I want to see Coquitlam be the kind of city people can live in, work in, and enjoy with all its natural beauty."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"Making sure we plan for complete communities. My partner, Natalie, and I want to stay in Coquitlam because we see it as the ideal place to start our family. With many families looking to call Coquitlam home we need to push for more townhouses, homes for seniors, and affordable ownership models. Those housing starts must also come with plans for future recreation centres, community centres, parks and schools. For any city to work, I believe we need to make sure families can continue to thrive here and seniors who want to downsize can stay in the neighbourhoods they know."