SURREY â€” Though Coun. Barinder Rasode has yet to officially announce her intentions to run for the cityâ€™s top job, sheâ€™s already received an endorsement.
Former Surrey mayor and longtime councillor Bob Bose has officially endorsed Rasode as a mayoral candidate.
Bose served as a Surrey alderman from 1978 to 1985 and then served as mayor for nine years. After his mayoralty, Bose returned to Surrey civic politics as a councillor, from 2000 to 2011, when he was ousted by Surrey First sweeping all the seats.
Bose told the Now in July he believes voters needed a fresh face, â€œnot somebody whoâ€™s an incumbent or whoâ€™s been on council.â€
But last week, Bose said itâ€™s â€œtoo late nowâ€ for new candidates to emerge and Rasode is the â€œclear choiceâ€ for him, describing her as strong, bright and as having a huge amount of energy.
He also said in July he thinks the ideal candidate should have their â€œroots in community.â€ Rasode has a track record in terms of her community outreach and engaging neighbourhoods, Bose said, adding that sheâ€™s advancing an issue important to him: wards.
â€œBarinder is talking about moving a lot faster on itâ€ than the other candidates, he said of the ward debate thus far.
Bose is also throwing his support behind his nephew, farmer Mike Bose, who is running for a seat at the council table.
â€œHeâ€™s got a bit of a fire in his belly,â€ he noted.
â€œHeâ€™ll make a good council member. Itâ€™s been a long time since weâ€™ve had an honest-to-goodness farmer."
"Weâ€™re going to be supporting progressive independent candidates. We certainly are in no position to launch a campaign," he said, adding, "We’re basically a shell now."
He doesnâ€™t expect any member of the group to run independently either, unless Surrey First is â€œcompletely imploding.â€
Bose said heâ€™s hopeful there will be a major change at the council table, some â€œfresh blood.â€
â€œWe have some tired council members. Surrey will be better for it if thereâ€™s some new faces. And a significant number of new faces.â€