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TC Votes 2022: Meet Steve Kim, 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.

Steve Kim (incumbent)

  • Age: 50
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident: 18 (family moved to Coquitlam 41 years ago)
  • Occupation: Incumbent city councillor. Small business owner.
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? I am the chair of the Universal Accessibility Advisory Committee and vice-chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee and vice-chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee. I am the council representative for the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and the Tri-Cities Food Council. 
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  • Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @SteveKimBC 

Why are you running for public office?

"Simply put, I love our community and I’m a proud Coquitlam resident. Our city is growing and has so much going for it. But coming out of the pandemic, our community finds itself at a critical time in its history. We need solutions to support our residents, businesses and organizations during this recovery period. I want to ensure we build a strong future for all. Building on my first term, I have experience and understanding of city processes required to get things done. My balanced approach, collaborative style and holistic view bring a strong representative voice for the next four years."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"My number 1 issue is safe, affordable living. I will focus on responsible, managed growth in our city, by building the right mix of affordable homes around major transit hubs. I want to get people out of their daily commutes, so they can work, play and study close to home while supporting local businesses. Our city has over 2,000 below market/non-market rental units in stream, but it’s not enough. I support more seniors, supportive, student and accessible housing in our city so that everyone can live safely and affordably in our community."