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TC Votes 2022: Meet Teri Towner, Coquitlam city council candidate

She'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.

Teri Towner (incumbent) 

  • Age: 54 
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident:  24 
  • Occupation: City councillor 
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? SD43 Mental Health Task Force. Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees. SunRun Clinic, running leader. Centennial Secondary PAC. Burquitlam Little Library. City advisory committees (Sustainability & Environment, Community Safety, Universal Accessibility). Metro Vancouver Housing Committee. UBCM Focus Group on Responsible Conduct.
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  • Phone: 604-937-5000
  • Facebook: @TeriTownerCoquitlam
  • Twitter: @TeriTownerCllr
  • Instagram: @teritownercllr

Why are you running for public office? 

"I have been an active, involved and engaged member of my community for decades and having the opportunity to elevate my public service to that of a community-minded city councillor is an honour and privilege I take seriously. I am always looking for concrete ways to be part of the solution and to do so from the point of view of serving the public, by listening, responding, collaborating and serving. Cities are not just roads, pipes, buildings and infrastructure. Cities are people. I am running for re-election to continue supporting and advocating for healthy, active, connected, welcomed and safe citizens."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"Although we are showing leadership and responding responsibly toward tackling the housing crisis, it’s a challenge to manage the growth to our city and region while respecting our neighbourhoods and preserving what’s here now. We need to ensure we have enough amenities (e.g., rec centres, libraries, parks, police/fire) to meet the demands and needs for a healthy, connected, active and safe population. And we need to accomplish all this while addressing climate change, increased traffic, affordability and keeping property taxes low."