Carol Day wins seat on city council, Brodie re-elected as mayor

Carol Day hopes to be the voice of the people as she takes on her new position of city councillor. She was one of two new names on the list of elected city councillors in the recent municiple election.

Carol Day won a seat on the recent municiple election for her party, RITE Richmond. (Twitter)

Carol Day won a seat as city councillor on the recent municiple election for her party, RITE Richmond. (Twitter)

Day was one of five people in the RITE Richmond party during the election. Three were running for school trustee and another for a city councillor position. She was the only one of her party to win a position.

The only other new name was former Olympic snowboarder Alexa Loo.

Day waited for the results to be posted at her home here with all the candidates’ families, spouses and some supporters. The Richmond News and Richmond Review papers even sent reporters to the home.

“I was thrilled, but it was bittersweet because all four of the guys I ran with lost and two were incumbent trustees,” Day said describing her first reaction of her win. She celebrated with “lots of great food and wine and lots and lots of hugs.”

As a city councillor, Day hopes to be the voice of the people. The issues she hopes to make Richmond’s council more transparent and work for development that enhances the community. She added she would like to work to create more affordable options for first time buyers and to start the process to eliminate Chinese only signs.

Day ran for council in 2005 and 2011. She also ran for school trustee in 2008 and won with a third place finish of seven trustees. In 2013, she ran for MLA in Richmond East/Steveston with BC Conservatives.

“They are sooooo proud of me and very, very happy I finally made it,” Day said of her party’s reaction to the news. “They have accepted their losses and are making plans for the future.”

In other news, Malcolm Brodie won a sixth term as mayor of Richmond by a landslide with over 2,700 votes against his opponents Richard Lee and Cliff Wei.

I have also linked videos I shot for The Province of Brodie’s acceptance speech and a brief interview.


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Erin Boe is a journalism student at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.
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