Candidate steps forward for NDP

Scott Stewart is seeking the NDP nomination for Richmond-Steveston. -
Scott Stewart is seeking the NDP nomination for Richmond-Steveston.
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Richmond now has its first potential NDP candidate, as would-be politicians begin to line up for the spring election race.

Scott Stewart announced Monday he’s seeking the NDP nomination for the Richmond-Steveston riding. In a statement, Stewart said he began supporting the party in 1972 when he worked on Harold Steves’ successful campaign for Richmond MLA.

“I have lived in Richmond my entire life and I have seen how the provincial government has ignored the people of Richmond for years,” he said. “It is time that the provincial government takes notice of Richmond.”

Stewart, who runs a small business in Richmond, has recently retired as a constable with the New Westminster Police Service where he served as a collision reconstruction investigator. He has nearly 30 years in law enforcement during which time he has written bylaws, worked in program development, served as a full time instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and was profoundly involved in security for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He is also a police ethics instructor trainer.

He also served 38 years as a reservist with the Canadian Forces Health Services, serving in Germany and in Bosnia.

Stewart serves on the Gateway Theatre board, on the St. John Ambulance Branch Executive in New Westminster, and he is on the St John Ambulance Provincial Community Services Committee. He is a member of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club, the Steveston Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Steveston Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Club. He is a former member of the New Westminster Emergency Planning Committee.

Stewart said he believes in caring for and supporting families and seniors. He is a strong proponent of both vocational and university education. He sees such education and training as a solution to many of the issues with which we are faced today.

A lifelong resident of Richmond, Stewart has lived all but a few years in the Steveston area. He still lives in Richmond with his wife, Nathalie, and daughter, Heather.

The next provincial election is scheduled for May 14.

Liberal John Yap, who currently holds the seat, is running again. One other candidate has been announced for the riding: Jerome Dickey for the B.C. Green Party.

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