Avi Dhaliwal joins mayoral candidate Bruce Hayne’s Surrey Integrity Now slate for the upcoming civic election. Dhaliwal will seek a council seat. (Submitted photo)

Avi Dhaliwal joins Surrey Integrity Now as council candidate

Slate led by mayoral candidate Bruce Hayne, who sits as an independent councillor after splitting from Surrey First

The Surrey Integrity Now slate has announced engineer and business owner Avi Dhaliwal will run for council under its banner in the upcoming civic election.

The team is led by mayoral candidate Bruce Hayne, who currently sits as an independent councillor after splitting from his Surrey First party earlier this year.

In a Facebook post announcing his candidacy, Dhaliwal said he chose to seek public office because he’s been impacted by the city’s crime, “as have many of us, directly or indirectly,” but added he has also seen “a lot hope and success for many of my peers.”

If elected, Dhaliwal said he wants to work with the community and provide opportunity to youth.

“I want to lead by example,” he wrote. “I have been fortunate to have countless mentors from our community who are selfless, successful, humble, and passionate family men who love Surrey and love their families. They have helped make me the man I am today.

“I stand today, a successful engineer and business owner, on the shoulders of some amazing men and women from our community,” he added. “These are men and women that believed in me. They love our city and have taught me to do the same.”

Dhaliwal said he wants to “bring out the positives” in Surrey instead of “focusing on the fear.”

“We all know a solution to gangs and violence starts from all of us in Surrey coming together,” Dhaliwal wrote. “There are no silver bullet solutions, for instance a municipal police force may take many years to implement. We need to think much more comprehensively and urgently about a multi-pronged community based solution that goes along with policing. We have to start coming together as a city now and collaborate to develop achievable solutions.”

Other council candidates with Surrey Integrity Now are incumbent councillor Barbara Steele, as well as small business owner Rina Gill who ran with former mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition in the last 2014 civic election.

Other teams in the upcoming civic election are People First Surrey, Proudly Surrey, Surrey Community Alliance, Safe Surrey Coalition and the reigning Surrey First. The Surrey Students Now slate has also formed, made up solely of school board candidates.

Click here to see a list of all candidates in the upcoming civic election.

Other election news:

See also: Pauline Greaves joins mayoral race in Surrey

See also: Proudly Surrey wants to build a Rita Johnston statue, rename the Pattullo to Bob Bose Bridge

See also: McCallum keeps ‘Safe Surrey Coalition’ name, announces new candidate

See also: Doug Elford resigns from his Surrey party to run with McCallum

See also: Rina Gill joins Bruce Hayne’s ‘Surrey Integrity Now’ party

See also: People First Surrey announces first two candidates

See also: Former Surrey First Councillor Bruce Hayne to run for mayor

See also: Tom Gill is Surrey First’s mayoral candidate

See also: Hayne splits from Surrey First: ‘It’s just not open and transparent the way I’d like it to be’

See also: Surrey First’s Mary Martin not seeking re-election this fall

See also: Surrey First Councillor Judy Villeneuve not seeking re-election this fall

See more: New civic slate Proudly Surrey aims to offer ‘sharp, strong, left-leaning’ candidates

See more: Proudly Surrey introduces two more candidates for Surrey council, schoolboard

See more: Surrey Community Alliance announces intention to challenge Surrey First in civic election

See more: Surrey Community Alliance unveils civic slate, but no mayoral candidate

See more: People First Surrey party reveals intention to run in upcoming civic election

See more: Five Surrey First councillors now reveal interest in mayor’s chair

See more: With Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner out, who is mulling a mayoral run?

See more: Hawthorne Park crusader to run for Surrey council

Click here to read more election news.



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