#CQvotes2018: Stewart seeks "one more" term as mayor

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart announced his intention to run in the October 20 civic election

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart announced on Wednesday that he will seek "one more mayoral term" in the upcoming municipal election. 

The three-term incumbent said he has accomplished a lot during his tenure, but more work needs to be done, particularly around housing affordability. He noted that community amenities will also be an important issue in the 2018 election. 

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"We've achieved a lot over the past four years," he said in a press release. "But there are still some important initiatives to complete." 

Stewart was first elected to council in 2005 before winning the mayor's chair in 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. 

During his time on council, he said he has worked to create more affordable housing opportunities in Coquitlam. With both the federal and provincial governments taking a renewed interest in the housing file, Stewart added that he believes there are opportunities the city can leverage. 

"Coquitlam's Housing Affordability Strategy has been recognized across the region for its successes, and I want to continue to refine it," he said. "It's been decades since both senior levels of government showed a keen interest in supporting affordable housing, and that bodes well for those who are struggling with today's challenged market."

The municipal election takes place Oct. 20. 

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

@gmckennaTC

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