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Ballots offer plenty of choice
Richmond residents will have plenty of choice on voting day Tuesday, as 19 candidates are running to fill three Richmond seats in the provincial legislature.
There hasn’t been this much interest from political hopefuls since 2001, when 21 names were on Richmond ballots.
This time around, six parties will be represented on local ballots, and a total of four independents are also trying their luck at the polls.
Voting is available now in district electoral offices until 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Advance voting is on now through Saturday, and general voting takes place Tuesday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Below is a list of registered candidates.
•Lawrence Chen (B.C. Conservative Party): Chen holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He became a Canadian in 2003 and now works as a hunting safety instructor. In 2009 Chen ran in the Richmond East riding, finishing with 2.3 per cent of the vote under the name Wei Ping Chen and the Nation Alliance Party.
•Chanel Donovan (Unparty: The Consensus-Building Party): Donovan was born and raised in Shanghai and arrived in Canada in 1997. She works as an accountant and office manager and has lived in Richmond since 2007. Donovan’s husband is running in Richmond-Steveston under the same party, which advocates for public assemblies to reach consensus on local issues.
•Frank Yunrong Huang (B.C. NDP): A 49-year-old Burnaby resident, Huang was born in mainland China and immigrated to Canada in 2001. He is the former editor of Global Chinese Press.
•Gary Law (Independent): Law, 52, is running as an independent after the B.C. Liberal Party thwarted his chance by cancelling a nomination meeting. Law is a longtime Richmond resident who is on leave from his job as a corporal with the Burnaby RCMP.
•Richard Lee (Independent): Lee is a Richmond lawyer who entered the race following an attempt at the mayor’s chair in 2011. At all-candidates meetings, Lee has reiterated his promise to give local constituents a voice in Victoria.
•Teresa Wat (B.C. Liberal Party): Wat is a 62-year-old Burnaby resident recruited to keep Richmond Centre a Liberal riding (last held by Rob Howard). She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation CHMB AM1320.
•Michael Wolfe (Green Party of B.C.): Running in his eighth election, Wolfe is a high school teacher running to represent a city where he’s lived all his life. Wolfe holds degrees in conservation biology and education.
•Ping Chan (B.C. Excalibur Party): Chan is a professional engineer, graduating from University of Calgary in 1976, and a resident of the riding. His personal concerns focus on justice, environment and peace issues. He is a member of Royal Canadian Legion and a volunteer for English learning at University of B.C.
•Lloyd Chen (Ind.): No information available.
•Nathaniel Lim (B.C. Conservative Party): Born in the Philippines, Lim immigrated to Canada at age eight. A family and youth counsellor in Richmond and Vancouver and a community volunteer, Lim holds a degree in social work from UBC.
•Doug Perry (Green Party of B.C.): Born in Terrace, B.C., Perry has worked mostly as a contractor in recent years, but has worked several years as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.
•Linda Reid (B.C. Liberal Party): Reid is the incumbent in the riding, which she has held since 1991. She holds a master’s degree from University of B.C. and has worked as a language therapist, teacher and school administrator. She became Deputy Speaker in 2009.
•Gian Sihota (B.C. NDP): Sihota is a 65-year-old Ladner resident who previously lived in the riding for 30 years. He recently retired from a long career as a transit operator with Coast Mountain Bus Company, and served in various union positions.
•Cliff Wei (Independent): Wei made an unsuccessful bid for a city council seat in 2011. During this provincial campaign, he’s pledged to put half his MLA salary toward a seniors care centre.
•Carol Day (B.C. Conservative Party): Day is a former school trustee who finished 302 votes short of a council seat two years ago. A jet fuel pipeline proposal pushed the 56-year-old community activist to run. The Shellmont resident has owned a sign business for 30 years.
•Jerome James Dickey (Green Party of B.C.): Dickey grew up in South Delta. He has served two years on the city’s economic advisory committee, eight years with the city’s emergency social services program and 10 years on a strata council board.
•Mike Donovan (Unparty: The Consensus-Building Party): Donovan works in software development at a Richmond firm in the health care industry. He’s been a Richmond resident for six years and lists gardening as a hobby.
•Scott Stewart (B.C. NDP): Stewart is a Steveston High grad and lifelong Richmond resident. He’s a retired constable with the New Westminster Police Service, where he served as a collision reconstruction investigator. He has also spent 38 years as a reservist with the Canadian Forces Health Services.
•John Yap (B.C. Liberal Party): Yap is the incumbent in the riding, where he was first elected in 2005. He has served in various cabinet positions with the Liberal government. Born in Singapore, Yap arrived here as a teenager and has called Richmond home for 27 years. Before politics Yap had a career in banking.