The first Coquitlam resident to officially declare their candidacy for this fall’s civic election is Matt Djonlic.
And he already has an endorsement from an incumbent city councillor.
The former library board trustee and community volunteer is running for a city council seat on a platform to deliver affordable housing.
“To make sure young families can continue to live here, we need more family-friendly housing options,” Djonlic stated in a news release issued this morning (April 5).
“Our city and region are changing. This is our opportunity to make sure we build the kind of neighbourhoods our kids can grow up in and seniors can afford to stay in. It’s critical that we continue to keep our sense of community in Coquitlam.”
A first-time contender, Djonlic’s other campaign pledges include creating $10-a-day childcare spaces, advocating for a larger Northeast Community Centre on Burke Mountain, replacing and expanding Planet Ice, designing more field sport areas, reviewing the tree protection bylaws and focusing on core city services.
Djonlic, who has lived in Coquitlam for 15 years, has also served on city advisory committees.
“Matt has been involved with our community for years and has a real understanding and commitment to making our city the best it can be,” said Coun. Chris Wilson in the release.
The general election is Oct. 15, 2022.