The date has barely been set, and already a potential candidate has thrown her name into the ring for the Coquitlam byelection.
On Monday, city council set the byelection date to replace former councillors-turned-MLAs Linda Reimer and Selina Robinson for Oct. 26. The next day, small businesswoman Bonita Zarrillo took to social media to announce her intentions to run for one of two spots up for grabs.
She sent out this tweet: "I am running for #Coquitlam city councillor in October with a platform of "Living Local". Look forward to hearing from residents." Zarrillo, who sat on the city's arts and culture committee, told the Tri-Cities NOW she's looking for equitable representation and believes another woman needs to be elected to council. She also wants to create more jobs and housing in the city so people don't have to leave the community, adding she works and raises her family in Coquitlam.
"I basically do everything in Coquitlam," Zarrillo said.
The nomination period for candidates to get their paperwork in will run from Sept. 10 to 20.
While Zarrillo might be the first to declare, there are some others considering a run for a spot on council.
Former Coquitlam-Burke Mountain NDP candidate Chris Wilson said he's thinking about running, but hasn't decided. He said he still needs to figure out if it's right for him at this time.
While Wilson suggested there is a lot of development in the city, he added it's also an opportunity to make sure the growth is handled in a responsible way.
"I think it's an exciting time in our city," he said.
Wilson lost his bid to be MLA by more than 2,000 votes to Liberal incumbent Doug Horne.
Former Coquitlam mayoral candidate and city councillor Barrie Lynch said he's also considering putting his name forward.
He said he wants to make sure he has the support he believes is there for a run, but hasn't set a time line for when he might make a decision.
"I think I would be an asset on council once again," Lynch said, adding he felt he was a positive influence on council and his approach to decisionmaking was well received. Lynch also sought the NDP nomination for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain this year, but lost to Wilson.
Another former city council candidate is also considering joining the race.
Restaurant owner Fred Soofi said he hasn't decided yet if he will run, but added the city needs a progressive voice. He also suggested he and many others aren't happy with the way the city is run and he has concerns about how the city is going to handle the growth along the future Evergreen Line.
Soofi finished 10th, two spots out of a council seat in the 2011 civic election, picking up 7,310 votes.
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