Doug Mccal­lum re­turns as the mayor of Sur­rey

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Sur­rey: For­mer city mayor Doug Mccal­lum, who ran un­der the ban­ner of Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion, made a stun­ning come­back in Sur­rey civic elec­tion.

De­feat­ing Sur­rey First’s Tom Gill and suc­ceed­ing Linda Hep­ner, the long-time mayor was re-elected as the leader of the City of Sur­rey. Mccal­lum had been mayor of Sur­rey for nine years un­til he was knocked off by Dianne Watts and her up­start Sur­rey First party in 2005.

Dur­ing his win­ner’s speech, Mccal­lum said Sur­rey vot­ers “have sent a mes­sage to the rest of the prov­ince.”

The lone Sur­rey First­backed coun­cil­lor elected is Linda An­nis.

At the city coun­cil’s first meet­ing next month, the seven Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion coun­cil­lors will be Brenda Locke (who placed first with 40,388 votes), Doug El­ford (38,997 votes), Lau­rie Guerra (33,887), Jack Singh Hun­dial (33,705), Al­li­son Pat­ton (33,036), Steven Pet­ti­grew (30,749) and Man­deep Na­gra (30,048).

Newly-elected Sur­rey mayor Doug Mccal­lum says he’s con­fi­dent he can re­place the RCMP with a mu­nic­i­pal po­lice force and re­place ground light rapid tran­sit with Skytrain, de­spite skep­ti­cism from crit­ics

Mccal­lum ran on a plat­form that in­cluded scrap­ping the at-grade Sur­rey-new­ton-guil­ford LRT plan to in­stead build a Skytrain ex­pan­sion from the King Ge­orge sta­tion that would run to Lan­g­ley. The ex­ist­ing LRT agree­ment be­tween the par­ties, in­clud­ing the prov­ince and Tran­slink’s May­ors’ Coun­cil, is based on Sur­rey’s trans­porta­tion plan.

Doug Mccal­lum

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