Election nomination period ends Friday

Anyone with a dream of becoming mayor, councillor or school trustee has until Friday at 4 p.m. to file nomination papers for the Nov. 19 election.

There is no fee to file nomination papers and winning candidates will be able to hold office in Richmond for three years.

Several all-candidates meetings have already been organized ahead of the election.

On Nov. 2, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will offer residents a chance to hear from mayoral and council candidates at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel (7311 Westminster Hwy.) at 6:15 p.m.

Coinciding with the all-candidates meeting will be another at the same hotel—this one for school trustee candidates, and hosted by the Richmond Community Services Advisory Committee.

The Richmond Centre for Disability is also planning an all-candidates meeting. The location is yet to be confirmed, but the date is set for Nov. 7.

On Nov. 9, the Richmond Community Services Advisory Committee will host its second all-candidates meeting, this one for mayoral and council candidates, at Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) at 6:30 p.m.

Besides 32 voting places open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19, residents can also cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at advance polls from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15. Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host the first advance poll on Nov. 8, followed by Richmond City Hall on Nov. 9 and 10.

For more information, call the election office at Richmond City Hall: 604-276-4100.

Registered candidates as of Tuesday

-Mayor: Malcolm Brodie* and Richard Lee

-Council: Chak Au, Cynthia Chen, Derek Dang*, Evelina Halsey-Brandt*, Ken Johnston*, Bill McNulty*, Linda McPhail and De Whalen

-School Board: Donna Sargent*, Debbie Tablotney*, Grace Tsang* and Eric Yung

* designates incumbent

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