SURREY â€” While she may have been unsuccessful in her bid to become Surreyâ€™s next mayor, Barinder Rasode said she wouldnâ€™t be leaving the cityâ€™s political scene anytime soon.
Despite Surrey First taking all council spots in a clean sweep Saturday (Nov.15), Rasode said she and her One Surrey team wonâ€™t be disbanding anytime soon.
â€œSo weâ€™re going to keep One Surrey active as a group,â€ said the current councillor. â€œAll of the candidates and people who supported the campaign are really interested in making sure One Surrey continues to play an active role in the political landscape with the city.â€
What that role may be will be determined in the coming weeks, but for now Rasode is looking to spend some time with her kids and get back into the workforce.
â€œIâ€™m going to look for opportunities because I do have a number of things I can look at doing and I just need to decide where Iâ€™m going to go with it,â€ she explained.
Rasodeâ€™s previous work experience includes serving as a labour-relations officer and sales executive. Coupled with her experience on council, Rasode said she has plenty of options ahead of her.
â€œMy nature is that I like to keep busy so Iâ€™m just going to find other stuff to do,â€ she said, adding â€œbut Iâ€™m still going to remain very active in the community. I donâ€™t believe you need a title to serve residents in the city and just like the many volunteers that do that now, I will continue to do that."
Rasode said there were also no hard feelings between her and her fellow Surrey First members, with whom she has one more council meeting on Dec. 1.
â€œI left (Linda Hepner) a message that night congratulating her and joked that sheâ€™ll have to change her voicemail from councillor to mayor,â€ said Rasode. â€œI think itâ€™s really important that everyone works together with the mayorâ€¦and Iâ€™m very happy that she was elected.â€
Asked if, in hindsight, she would have done anything differently during the campaign Rasode said she wouldnâ€™t have.
â€œOne of the things that Iâ€™m really proud of is how we were able to raise important issues in this campaign and I really do think that was noted,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s really important to reach out to the undecided voters and I think we ran a great campaign with a lot of support from young people who had never voted before, so Iâ€™m very proud of the campaign that we ran.â€
As for parting words as a councillor, Rasode wanted to thank council and city staff for the past six years and hoped the issues sheâ€™s worked on like domestic violence, developmentally disabled youth and police continues. She also said this wouldnâ€™t be the last the city would be seeing of her.
â€œI will always be a very strong voice for my home and Surrey is my home,â€ she said.