BIA president Ernie Klassen. (File photo)

BIA president aims to bring ‘balanced approach’ to White Rock council

Ernie Klassen enters race for councillor seat

The head of White Rock’s business improvement association is throwing his hat into the ring for White Rock council.

Ernie Klassen – who also owns Ashberry & Logan – told Peace Arch News Wednesday that he’s been thinking about wading into the seaside city’s political arena for quite some time, and clinched the decision “at least two weeks ago.”

“The time is right for me, both personally and professionally,” he said.

READ MORE: ‘It has to be a team,’ BIA to City of White Rock

Klassen, who moved to White Rock in 1997, describes a history of involvement in the community, including with events such as Sip ‘n Savor, Nite of Hope and for Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.

According to a news release, Klassen formed the Upper Fraser Valley Neurological Society in 1987, following his son’s diagnosis with cerebral palsy. The society ultimately operated the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, the release notes.

More recently, Klassen was part of a successful appeal to council that led to the city footing the bill for three rainbow crosswalks in Five Corners. The symbol, Klassen noted to council at the time, “represents inclusiveness and diversity.”

READ MORE: ‘Inclusive’ crossings backed by White Rock council

Asked Wednesday if he planned to run as an independent, Klassen confirmed he has been approached both by members of elector organization Democracy Direct and the White Rock Coalition – whose members currently hold a majority on White Rock council – but said he’s “not decided anything at this point.”

“I’m looking at my options,” he said.

Just Posted

McCallum says Surrey LRT communication plan close to election is ‘perceived interference’

McCallum ‘gravely concerned’ Surrey and TransLink will violate election financing rules, but city says all rules will be followed

Two Surrey volleyballers set to play for Team Canada

Brianna Beamish and Kiera Van Ryk in Japan for FIVB World Championships

Surrey school trustees want to see reliance on portables reduced by 50% in five years

Board votes unanimously to request a meeting with Minister of Education

UPDATE: Police seeking witnesses to fatal Surrey hit-and-run

A pedestrian was killed Thursday night in a crash on Highway 10 near 152nd Street

Surrey woman with autism has scooter stolen from SkyTrain station

Kayla Polege purchased scooter after ‘shutdowns’ on transit

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

Free vet clinic caters to pets of homeless, low income people

The first such clinic in Langley will take place later this month.

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

Extradition hearing set for Lower Mainland developer accused of fraud

Mark Chandler will go before the B.C. Court of Appeals early next year.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

UPDATE: Police ID man in suspicious Richmond death

A body was found in the area of Garden City and Odlin Roads in Richmond just after 8:30am Thursday

Most Read