Oakdale Neighbourhood Association president Ben Craig has officially confirmed his intention to run in the Coquitlam byelection next month.
Craig joins former councillor Doug Macdonell and local entrepreneur Bonita Zarillo as confirmed candidates.
Several other hopefuls, including former councillor Barrie Lynch, Fred Soofi and Chris Wilson, have said they're considering running.
"I'll run on a platform that supports communities, our small businesses and the taxpayer," Craig said in an email to the Tri-Cities NOW. "With the cost of government going straight up in our city, I believe a taxpayer-focused councillor is desperately needed. I've been a financial advisor for 15 years. I understand the value of a dollar and the need to stick to budgets."
The 43-year-old, who has no political experience, suggested the Burquitlam area is under-represented by the current council.
"Burquitlam will transform in the next few years," he said.
"With Evergreen Line construction underway and thousands of new residents coming to our area, it's more important than ever to have a strong voice for our region."
The byelection to fill the two vacant council seats is set for Oct. 26, while the nomination period for candidates to complete their paperwork began Tuesday, Sept 10 and runs until Thursday, Sept. 20.
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