A long-time resident and active volunteer in Coquitlam, Vincent Wu has announced his candidacy for city councillor in the Nov. 19 municipal election.
Wu said it is "vital for a candidate to reach out and build on public engagement," and added that he is confident that he will represent an effective and true voice for Coquitlam.
"To envision the future of our city, it is time to take smart growth seriously while we are accommodating sustainable development and maintaining affordable civic services," Wu said in a press release. "I believe I can bring fresh ideas and positive leadership based on shared community values to the job."
The top issues in Wu's campaign include transportation and the Evergreen Line, development and land use (Burke Mountain, Austin Heights, Westwood Plateau), taxation, environment and the economy.
He said he looks forward to having a dialogue with Coquitlam residents and seeks to engage newcomers.
"[I] strongly believe a responsive and participatory democratic process is crucial in steering local governance," Wu said.
Wu has lived in Coquitlam for 15 years, during which time he has been highly involved in community activities. At the city level, he has been appointed as a member of the City of Coquitlam's multiculturalism advisory and economic development advisory committees. He volunteers in various local organizations, such as the Special Olympics, Canadian Cancer Society and Coquitlam Foundation, and he has served as director of the Tri-City Asian Parent Association.
Wu also has a strong educational background and extensive career as a Chinese media journalist and current affairs commentator.
"[I] have a keen interest on public issues with proven inter-cultural knowledge and expertise," said Wu, who is bilingual in English and Mandarin. [I] pledge to make contributions to help to develop a diverse, strong and healthy community."
Born in Taiwan, Wu has studied and worked in the United States and Canada. He earned a master's degree in Asian studies and international political economy from Claremont Graduate University in California.
Wu joins restaurateur Fred Soofi in formally declaring his intentions to take a run at a Coquitlam council seat. Craig Hodge has also expressed interest. The last day to submit nomination papers is Friday, Oct. 14.
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