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ELECTION 2014: Richmond Community Coalition adds two more candidates

Helen Quan and Dan Baxter became the latest council hopefuls to be endorsed by the local political group Richmond Community Coalition on Monday.

Quan, a single mother of two who runs a local business, previously ran for council in 2005, and finished 738 votes behind the last-place councillor, Rob Howard, one of the founders of the Richmond Community Coalition who went on to become an MLA before retiring from politics during the last provincial election.

“Richmond is the city where I work, where I belong and where I want to represent,” said Quan in front of gathering of about 70 people at Aberdeen Centre that included fellow Richmond Community Coalition candidate, incumbent Coun. Ken Johnston and Richmond-Steveston Liberal MLA John Yap.

Quan has served as the president of the Richmond Mandarin Lions Club and vice president of the 32nd Richmond Scouts, and has fundraised for many organizations.

Dan Baxter, who has lived in Richmond for a couple of years and is raising his young family here, said his skills as a research and policy analyst with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce should serve him well on council.

Baxter said his work experience has given him insight into how different levels of government interact.

He said he’s like to add “one more voice, a new voice, to council, and just give it a little bit more of a different flavour than maybe what we’ve had for the past four or five elections with some people who have been on council for 20 years.”

The city has been run very well, Baxter said, and he’s not suggesting all of council be tossed out. Rather, he’d like to add “fresh blood, new faces” that would help enhance what’s already been done, and bring some new ideas to the table.

Baxter, a married father of two, is a director with the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society

Both Quan and Baxter spoke of their commitment to better engaging with the community, and ultimately improving voter turnout for the Nov. 15 civic election.

The Richmond Community Coalition is next holding a town hall meeting at the Richmond Cultural Centre’s performance hall, 7700 Minoru Gate, Wednesday (Aug. 20) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Coun. Chak Au has also joined the Richmond Community Coalition in his bid to be re-elected, and in doing so left RITE, the Richmond Independent Team of Electors, which he previously ran with.

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