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Greens reveal Richmond candidates

It will be another blue Christmas in Richmond, but some political hopefuls are hoping next year will be green.

The city’s Liberal blue MLA seats are being eyed by the B.C. Green Party, which has now selected candidates for each of Richmond’s three ridings ahead of the May 14, 2013 election.

Ping Chan is running in Richmond East. A professional engineer since 1980, Chan says his concerns include justice, the environment and peace issues. Other focuses include “grossly inadequate hospital equipment,” seniors housing and “financial abuses of Crown corporations,” according to the party website. Chan is also a radio commentator and a member of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, he noted.

In Richmond-Steveston, Jerome Dickey is the Green candidate. On the party website he criticizes the Liberals and NDP and calls for a “paradigm shift if we as a society are going to resolve today’s most difficult challenges.”

“Although some may say the Green party policies and principals are extremist, I believe the direction these support are proactive and necessary to support a paradigm shift,” he said.

Michael Wolfe is the Green’s choice for Richmond Centre—the only local riding without a Liberal seeking re-election. Wolfe, 30, is a local high school teacher who has run for positions in all three levels of government in numerous past elections. He’s a lifelong resident of Richmond with a concern for climate change. Wolfe has worked to promote urban agriculture and ensure the health of residents is at the heart of policy-making, according to the party website.

“I’ve made it my life’s goal to learn as much as I can—and to pass on my knowledge—to help preserve Richmond’s environment,” he said.

For the Liberals, two candidates will run for re-election: John Yap in Richmond-Steveston and Linda Reid in Richmond East. In Richmond Centre, currently held by Rob Howard (who is not seeking re-election), school trustee Grace Tsang is so far the only candidate approved by the party to run for the Liberal nomination.

The B.C. NDP and the B.C. Conservatives have yet to declare any candidates.

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