BCA nominations bring new faces

Burnaby school trustee James Wang -
Burnaby school trustee James Wang
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It's a good thing the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA) held its nomination meeting at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown on Saturday.

In an earlier interview BCA president Gord Larkin said they didn't know how many people would show up, so they booked the Crystal Ballroom at the hotel.

Almost 500 party members attended to nominate candidates for the November civic election, according to a BCA press release.

As reported in the NewsLeader, the party decided at its March annual general meeting to endorse all its incumbent candidates. The move was in response to the practise of some aspiring candidates who sign up numerous new party members specifically to support them at nomination meetings.

With only Coun. Richard Chang indicating he would not seek re-election, that left only one spot open on the party's election slate.

Incumbent school trustee James Wang won the vote for that slot, defeating Katy Alkins-Jang, a member of the Burnaby Library Board.

That left Wang's spot on the school board slate open. That was filled by the sole candidate, Katrina Chen, a Burnaby parks, recreation and culture commissioner, who won by acclamation.

For the record, in addition to Wang and Chen, the BCA's slate for the Nov. 15 election will see the following incumbents seek re-election: Mayor Derek Corrigan; councillors Colleen Jordan, Pietro Calendino, Paul McDonell, Nick Volkow, Dan Johnston, Sav Dhaliwal and Anne Kang; and school trustees Baljinder Narang, Ron Burton, Harman Pandher, Gary Wong, Larry Hayes and Meiling Chia.

The BCA has swept the last two municipal elections, taking all civic seats available for mayor, council and school board.

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