Richmond election 2018: Mayor Malcolm Brodie wins yet again

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

Tri-cities results: Young mayors elected in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Coun. Brad West won the mayoral race in Port Coquitlam and Rob Vagramov beat incumbent Mike Clay in Port Moody, becoming the two youngest mayors in the Lower Mainland.

“It’s cool,” said West. “But both in council and in this campaign, I have never identified myself as the young one because I think the issues I am speaking out about apply to all voters, regardless of age. Certainly, my plan is to bring my voice and my perspective as a young parent, but all of us need to be informed about them.

In one of the earliest races to be declared on Saturday, West received 86 per cent of the popular vote with 10,236 ballots, resoundingly beating the closest contender, Robin Smith, who had 952 votes. Four incumbents were elected to council.

West, a three-term city councillor, was the first to enter the race for mayor when incumbent Greg Moore said he was not running again.

With several other long-serving mayors in Metro Vancouver also bowing out this election, he has been described as part of an emerging group of new, municipal politicians in a generational shift.

He will succeed Moore, who had been mayor since 2007, and was a high-profile leader, serving as board chair of Metro Vancouver for seven years.

West has been outspoken about unchecked foreign capital hurting the cost of living in the region and the impact of this on young families trying to buy homes. As a councillor, he was one of the first municipal politicians to describe the issue as also emerging in the Tri-Cities.

“This was a significant issue in the election and anyone who was connected to regular folks knew it was significant pretty early on,” he said ahead of celebrating with supporters at the Legion in Port Coquitlam.

“At the beginning, the focus was on Vancouver and Richmond, …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Burnaby Election Results: Corrigan upset by retired firefighter Hurley

Former Burnaby Fire Department captain Mike Hurley upset longtime incumbent mayor Derek Corrigan Saturday night.

Hurley won by nearly 6,000 votes with 26,260 votes.

Corrigan’s running mates in his Burnaby Citizens Association party looked like they would take seven of eight council seats.

“The good new is the BCA still controls council … I am so impressed with the campaign you put on,” Corrigan told his supporters.

The Green party put a member on council. Former punk rocker Joe Keithley, who dropped his mayoral candidacy to back Hurley and run for council instead, was in eighth spot on Saturday night.

Hurley touted his long-standing roles in the community and his union leadership experience in representing firefighters.

The key issue in the election was housing affordability, and particularly the hundreds of so-called demovictions in the Metrotown area, where two- and three-storey walk-ups that rented at relatively low prices have been demolished to make way for much-more-expensive condo towers.

Hurley called for a moratorium on any not-yet approved developments that would displace renters.

In a poll a week before the election, 40 per cent of those surveyed listed affordable housing as the their No. 1 issue of concern.

Between 2010 and 2017, the city had a net loss of more than 700 rental units, a period when other Metro Vancouver municipalities gained hundreds, according to data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Critics, including Corrigan’s political foes, accused him and his party of not doing enough to tackle the issue. Corrigan continued to point the blame at the B.C. and federal governments, promising that Burnaby will be the first city in B.C. to take advantage of new rental zoning powers put in place by NDP government, who defeated the Liberals in 2017.

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC: NOVEMBER 18, 2014 — Jonathan Cote is the mayor-elect in New Westminster, B.C. and talked to the …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Brad Rock: Here’s one good reason for Jack Tuttle to leave Utes football program

SALT LAKE CITY — Tyler Huntley has often been a carrot dangling from a stick, tantalizing but just out of reach. Saturday, he was the player who sent Jack Tuttle to the showers, so to speak, for all the right reasons.

In the Utes’ 41-28 win over USC, it was Huntley at his versatile best. There were a couple of early game passes that could have been picks. A sack for a fumble that went for a Trojan touchdown. But, mainly, there was a sublimely executed game that put the Utes back in the race for the South Division championship.

Huntley, a junior, is finally getting consistency at quarterback. This time, fans saw him at his bodacious best: 341 passing yards, four touchdowns, 33 rushing yards. He was a full-service department store, leading the Utes to 541 yards total offense.

Huntley’s execution was more than enough to defeat the Trojans. For example, a 15-yard keeper, artful in its execution. He had several scrambles that looked dead in the water, but finished like a tsunami.

“Superstar over here is killing it.”

Chase Hansen

A perfect fade pass into the end zone was dropped, but it was followed by another perfect pass to the same place. That time, it was a score. Huntley has sometimes blazed passes too hard to handle in short spaces, but in this game he threaded them with the touch of a surgeon. The player who spent the early part of the season throwing short high-percentage, low-yield passes was now dropping them from the skies. He had completions of 55, 79, 68 and 56 yards.

It was an offense that for the last three games has lived up to its promise.

“Tyler doesn’t play not to make mistakes,” said receiver Britain Covey. “He plays to play well, basically.”

A quarterback having his day, week and month.

This is …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News