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Port Coquitlam civic election candidates: Who's campaigning in 2022?

Brad West acclaimed as mayor, and so are PoCo's two school trustees, meaning 18 residents are now hoping to earn your vote for a seat on council.
Here's who's looking to earn your vote on Oct. 15 for the 2022 Port Coquitlam municipal election.

Brad West has been acclaimed has has won a second term as Port Coquitlam mayor after no one signed up to run in opposition.

The city's candidate list has been finalized for the 2022 municipal election — set for Oct. 15.

The deadline for interested residents to throw their hat in the ring for mayor, council or school trustee was 4 p.m. today (Sept. 9).

West will get to serve another four years as a result.

Same goes for the municipality's two trustee spots on School District 43's (SD43) board of education, with Michael Thomas and Christine Pollock earned a third and second term respectively.

Meanwhile, there are 18 people vying for a councillor's seat.

For Port Coquitlam, there are seven spots around the PoCo horseshoe.

Candidates set to campaign for the remaining six seats are as follows (in alphabetical order):


  • Dawn Becker
  • Cindy Carkner
  • Ivanka Culjak
  • Steve Darling (incumbent)
  • Sarah Harbord
  • Derek Jeffrey
  • Mithila Karnik
  • Nancy McCurrach (incumbent)
  • Erik Minty
  • Kevin Misera
  • Darin Nielsen
  • Darrell Penner (incumbent)
  • Paige Petriw
  • Glenn Pollock (incumbent)
  • Justin Alexander Smith
  • Dean Washington (incumbent)
  • Jami Watson
  • Jenny Zhou

And with campaigning is set to begin, local residents will soon have the opportunity to hear from the nominees.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) is set to host a Port Coquitlam all-candidates debate on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont Connector).

Voter information

If you're eligible to vote in the 2022 local election, you have three options to ways to vote:

  • Mail ballot – eligible voters must fill out an online application form or apply in-person at their respective city halls to receive a mail ballot, and completed mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before Oct. 15.
  • Advance polls – Various locations depending on community
  • General Voting Day – Polls will be open on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various location

If you wish to seek a nomination for a civic position, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older on election day (Oct. 15)
  • Be a B.C. resident for at least six months immediately before the day you file your nomination papers
  • Must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act from voting in a B.C. election or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office

For more information, you can visit the City of Port Coquitlam's website.

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