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Grace Tsang to seek Richmond Centre Liberal nomination

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Richmond Board of Education trustee Grace Tsang will be seeking the Liberal nomination for the Richmond Centre MLA post that will be vacated by the retiring Rob Howard early next year.

Tsang said she has been mulling over the move for a few weeks, and has received her husband's support, along with that of friends and others in the community.

If she's fortunate enough to earn the Liberal nomination for the Richmond Centre riding, and is then successful during the next provincial election, she said she is prepared to juggle two elected positions at the same time.

Tsang wouldn't be the first politician to hold two simultaneous elected positions, and said she believes she's up to the challenge.

Her willingness to do so means if she's elected as the new Richmond Centre MLA, that wouldn't trigger a need for a by-election to fill her trustee position.

But if enough local voters cast their ballots in her favour in the next provincial election, she will give up her practice as an independent financial adviser.

Tsang moved to Canada in 1975, experienced the local high school system, and said she's tri-lingual. And with her skill set and educational background, she believes she's in a perfect position to assist the roughly 75 per cent of downtown Richmond residents who speak English as a second language.

New immigrants don't necessarily understand how the government works in Canada, and she said her experience with the local lifestyle, cultural and political system makes her the perfect conduit between the mainstream and immigrant communities.

Asked about the jump from the school board to provincial office, Tsang noted that the Richmond School District actually employs more people than the City of Richmond, and the board's annual budget is also larger than the city's.

She said it's a misconception that city council is a higher level of public service than the school board.

Asked to identify the big issues for the next provincial election, Tsang said she wasn't prepared to discuss those items, but would be following up with a press release in the coming days to all of the media.

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