Richmond, BC 2014 election results — analysis

For the 2014 Richmond election, these are the unofficial results:

Council

Malcolm Brodie has been re-elected as mayor. He is a capable administrator, and his effect depends on the councillors on council with him.

These councillors have been elected: Bill McNulty, Chak Au, Linda McPhail, Derek Dang, Harold Steves, Carol Day, Ken Johnston and Alexa Loo.

The four in this colour typically vote to give the big rezoner-developers what they want. The four in this colour are better for the environment and neighbourhoods.

This colour is for the one elected council memher who is a big rezoner-developer supporter but who also can be significantly for the environment. Malcolm Brodie moved significantly in that direction in the current term that is coming to a close.

Two likely changes with the election of Carol Day and Alexa Loo (along with six incumbents):

  • Council will be livelier.
  • Neightbourhoods will be heard—good for conservation.

School Board

For school board, the unofficially elected trustees are Donna Sargent, Debbie Tablotney, Eric YungKen HamaguchiJonathan Ho, Sandra Nixon and Alice S. Wong. It is a good sign that the candidates shown in colour have taken part in Garden City Lands tours (although Jonathan Ho had to leave early on). Eric Yung has well-developed thinking about how the school district can collaborate with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the City in agriculture on the Lands. Donna Sargent and Debbie Tablotney are very capable.  If the city gets its act together in real progress to enhance the Garden City Lands, I expect that this new school board will capably join in.

Personally I also like Ken Hamaguchi’s concern for students with special needs. Paying attention to those with the greatest needs raises the level of the whole community.

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