Former Coquitlam city councillor Doug Macdonell will run for one of two vacant council seats in the Oct. 26 byelection.
"I understand what the city is going through with our unprecedented growth," he told the Tri-Cities NOW. "One of the issues I will continue to focus on is the safety and well-being of our residents."
He said better public transportation, council cohesive- ness, public safety and working together with other Tri-Cities municipalities will be his main focus.
Macdonell lost his bid for re-election in 2011, finishing in ninth place for one of eight council seats. Now, he's focusing on a number of issues. "We've got such strong growth in the northeast and southwest of Coquitlam, but our fire resources are starting to stretch thin," he said.
"One thing I'd like council to get into is about wild fires, because as growth continues to happen in Burke Mountain, that's going to be an issue."
There's not enough being done with TransLink either, according to Macdonell.
"As a region out here we have 225,000 people," he said. "That's too large of a group to be ignored, and having our bus routes cancelled or changed or reduced is not acceptable."
He also said he wants to maintain green spaces, offer opportunities for young families and new businesses, keep taxes as low as possible and use his experience as a police officer to "help decide what to implement to protect citizens of Coquitlam" when the Evergreen Line arrives.
The Oct. 26 byelection is needed to replace former councillors Selina Robinson and Linda Reimer, who won MLA seats earlier this year.
Several other hopefuls, including former councillor Barrie Lynch, Fred Soofi and Chris Wilson, have said they're considering running.
Bonita Zarillo has said she will definitely run.
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