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Team Burnaby to run full slate

Despite a seeming lack of activity since the last election, Team Burnaby will have a full slate of candidates for voters to choose from when they hit the polls this November, the party says.

The right-leaning civic party, which last elected a candidate in 2005, issued a press release Monday stating it will be holding a nomination meeting in July to choose its candidates.

"Currently TEAM Burnaby is talking to several prominent citizens of Burnaby who have shown desire to run for TEAM and have a strong desire for political change in Burnaby," said the release.

In an interview, the party's acting president Amal Sylva declined to offer any information on who it has approached or even whether any candidates have already been secured.

"Not at the moment, I can't say anything … We will announce after the nomination meeting."

No date has yet been set for the meeting.

"We are talking to people so this way they all know we are talking to people so anyone who is interested they can just contact us," Sylva said in confirming the release was sent out essentially to let people know Team Burnaby is still around.

You wouldn't know it by their online presence.

The most recent content on the party's website at teamburnaby.ca was from December 2011 before it was taken down in recent weeks. And the first and last entries on its Facebook page were on the same day, July 19, 2008.

After checking in with the person who looks after the party's website, Sylva said it was taken down so it could be updated with new information as soon as it's available.

In 2005, Team Burnaby elected three city councillors, Lee Rankin, Gary Begin and Garth Evans, and two school trustees, Richard Lee and Helen Chang. It's been shut out ever since, victims of two consecutive sweeps by the left-leaning Burnaby Citizens Association which won every civic seat available in 2008 and 2011.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the party is asked to email teamburnaby@shaw.ca.

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