Richmond election results: Malcolm Brodie re-elected for the 8th time

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Malcolm Brodie is used to winning mayor of Richmond easily.

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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who has held the seat for 21 years, was a shoo-in to be re-elected for the eighth time.

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And his win on Saturday night was about as big as in previous years.

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He drew 23,239 votes, about 13,935 more than his nearest competitor, John Roston of RITE Richmond with 9,304 votes. The third-place candidate, Wei Ping Chen, got only 1,859 votes.

Brodie is used to winning mayor of Richmond easily.

In 2018 he won 65% of the votes and in 2014 he won with almost 70%.

“I’m very happy that it looks like I’m going to pull it off,” Brodie said, celebrating a big enough lead before all polls reported at Vancouver Airport’s Four Points By Sheraton hotel on Alexandra Road in Richmond.

Brodie ran as an independent, but days before the election he cemented alliances in
publicly endorsing eight candidates, including four incumbent councilors Andy Hobbes, Alexa Loo, Bill McNulty and Chak Au, who were all elected.

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He also supported four non-incumbent candidates, who were not elected.

“The main criteria for any city council is to do what is in the best interests of residents, and businesses, of course, and so I thought this group would focus on the community and just make sound decisions.

“We’re going to be undertaking an official community plan review and it’s going to be a very big project, which is going to define a lot of how we’re going to approach affordable housing and rental housing and a number of other housing units. Components.”

Two other outgoing councilors, Carol Day and Michael Wolfe, who also won re-election, ran on the same slate with Roston for RITE Richmond.

Laura Gillanders, also from RITE Richmond, was elected to the board.

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Brodie noted earlier to The Richmond News that councilors at RITE Richmond have repeatedly voted against rental plans despite promoting more rentals in their party platform.

Asked about the road ahead, Brodie said, “We always get the job done one way or another.”

Ahead of the election, candidates sparred over several issues, including climate change and anti-Asian racism, but housing was front and center.

Roston, a retired senior administrator from McGill University who founded the Richmond Rental Housing Advocacy Group after running unsuccessfully for a council seat in the 2018 election, thought many more voters wanted action. more aggressive in housing.

Of the 81,080 households in the municipality, 74% are owners and 26% are tenants. But 92% of what Richmond has built is for condos and landlords, 2% for co-ops and social housing and just 6% for market rentals, according to information compiled by affordable housing advocates Housing Central.

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Kash Heed, the former Solicitor General, was elected to the council. He teamed up with former Councilor Derek Dang under the Richmond Rise party. Heed previously told the Richmond News that he was approached last winter to run for mayor but didn’t think he could beat Brodie, so he decided to run for city council.

Heed said that while the mayor has endorsed council candidates in the hope that those people will work together, things will be different at City Hall.

“I would kind of say that and say very clearly that you shouldn’t be on the council for 24 years. This leads to inertia and you become complacent.

He said he would advocate a policy of maximum two terms as mayor and maximum three terms on council.

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