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Kenny Chiu enters race for Tory nomination in new Richmond riding

Kenny Chiu announces his bid for the Conservative nomination in Steveston-Richmond East Tuesday at South Arm Community Centre. -
Kenny Chiu announces his bid for the Conservative nomination in Steveston-Richmond East Tuesday at South Arm Community Centre.
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Richmond school trustee Kenny Chiu announced Tuesday he’ll be seeking the Conservative nomination in the new Steveston-Richmond East federal riding for the 2015 federal election.

“For a long time, I’ve been wanting and trying to find my way to best serve the community,” said Chiu, who said he won’t be seeking re-election for his spot on the school board this November.

Chiu said he’s devoted a lot of time, effort and energy toward the public school system in the past three years.

But he believes he’ll be best suited to serve locals at the federal level.

Rather than await the outcome of the nomination meeting, Chiu said he wanted to announce his decision to not seek re-election, as he thinks anybody who works for local students should have that as their top priority job, not a Plan B fallback.

Chiu said his friends asked him to “step up to the plate” as the Conservative party “needs good people to run.”

Steveston-Richmond East is a culturally diverse riding, with a wide-range of industries, including the tech sector, farming, fishing, warehousing, tourism as well as small commercial and retail, Chiu said.

He’s well-suited for the job, he said, as he’s worked for the past couple of decades in the high-tech and software engineering industries.

Chiu said he’s serving his full term as a trustee.

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