Another first-time city councillor in Coquitlam announced today (Aug. 29) their plan to run for re-election.
Trish Mandewo said she wants to seek a second term and will have her name on the Oct. 15 ballot.
In 2018, Mandewo placed seventh out of eight seats open, winning 8,645 votes — a spot ahead of Steve Kim, who also announced today he'll run again.
"In the last four years, our council made excellent progress by advancing the interests of Coquitlam residents in several areas," Mandewo stated in a news release.
Among council’s recent accomplishments are the following:
- completing the Environmental Sustainability Plan
- endorsing the Childcare Strategy
- approving more than 12,000 rental homes
- investing in city infrastructure
- approving a financial policy framework
For her next term, Mandewo hopes to continue to manage growth in Coquitlam — especially as Metro Vancouver grows to accommodate one million more residents by 2050 — and to advocate for housing options.
If re-elected, she says her top three priorities are economic development, community engagement and affordable living.
Mandewo is an entrepreneur who previously worked in the fields of microbiology and embryology.
For more about Mandewo and her platform, you can visit her campaign website.
Other councillor candidates who have declared their intention to run to the Tri-City News are Matt Djonlic, Ali Tootian, Harvey Su, Rob Bottos, Ben Craig, Benjamin Perry, Robert Mazzarolo, and incumbents Coun. Craig Hodge, Coun. Dennis Marsden and Coun. Steve Kim.
As well, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a series of all-candidates debates for local 2022 civic elections.
Coquitlam mayor and council nominees will get the chance to speak to the issues that matter to them, and take questions from the public, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sept. 22.