Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who has held the position since 2001, was handily re-elected on Saturday night.
With 23 of 44 polls reporting at deadline, the New York-raised lawyer was attracting more than three times the votes of second-place mayoral candidate Roy Sakata.
All nine Richmond council incumbents, including the mayor and eight councillors, ran again for office in the city of 200,000 — which is the most Asian city in North America, since 71 per cent of the population is of Asian origin, with 53 per cent being ethnic Chinese.
Controversial mayoral candidate Hong Guo, a Richmond real estate lawyer who was accused of professional misconduct by the Law Society of B.C., looked set to come in fourth of the six candidates for mayor.
Two first-time candidates for city council, Kelly Greene and Michael Wolfe, were set for election.
Greene is a 30-year resident of Richmond, specifically Steveston, who has taken action to reduce house size on farmland. Wolfe teaches at McNair Secondary in Richmond. He also serves on the Richmond Health Advisory Committee and the boards of the Richmond Nature Park Society and Garden City Conservation Society.
Topping the city hall council polls were incumbent councillors Carole Day and Harold Steves, who has been a fixture on council since 1977. Steveston is named after his farming ancestors, who first settled in Richmond in 1877. Steves has been leading the charge against Richmond giant mansions being built on farmland.
Incumbent councillors Chuck Au, Bill McNulty, Bill McPhail and Alexa Loo were also set for re-election.
The new mayor of White Rock is Darryl Walker, a former president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union. Before retiring from full-time employment, Walker was a heath-care worker at Riverview Hospital.
In a tight race, Walker took 30 per cent of the more than 6,200 ballots cast in White Rock. …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun