Former mayor Bose backs Rasode, says no Surrey Matters slate coming

SURREY — Though Coun. Barinder Rasode has yet to officially announce her intentions to run for the city’s top job, she’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, “not somebody who’s an incumbent or who’s been on council.”

But last week, Bose said it’s “too late now” for new candidates to emerge and Rasode is the “clear choice” 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 “roots in community.” Rasode has a track record in terms of her community outreach and engaging neighbourhoods, Bose said, adding that she’s advancing an issue important to him: wards.

“Barinder is talking about moving a lot faster on it” 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.

“He’s got a bit of a fire in his belly,” he noted.

“He’ll make a good council member. It’s been a long time since we’ve had an honest-to-goodness farmer."

Bose said he’s on the board of Surrey Matters Voters Association – formerly Surrey Civic Coalition – and doesn’t expect a slate to come together.

"We’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 doesn’t expect any member of the group to run independently either, unless Surrey First is “completely imploding.”

Bose said he’s hopeful there will be a major change at the council table, some “fresh blood.”

“We have some tired council members. Surrey will be better for it if there’s some new faces. And a significant number of new faces.”

areid@thenownewspaper.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey city council moving to virtual meetings

For public hearings, people can register to speak via telephone

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

APRIL 4: Two people in Delta fined for trying to re-sell N95 masks

Man injured in reported stabbing near Surrey SkyTrain station

Incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night

PHOTOS: The day 28,000 Lollapalooza-goers rocked Cloverdale in 1994

Fans share memories of drugs, bad Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave walk-off and ‘letdown’ of Surrey date

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Mission Institution

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

B.C. community service provider hosts friendly art competition for youth

Theme for Pacific Community Resources contest is ‘finding the silver lining in difficult times’

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Most Read