Raj Hundal will be the NDP’s candidate in Surrey-Tynehead in the next provincial election.
The 32-year-old Vancouver parks board commissioner won the nomination on the first ballot.
Hundal moved with his wife to Surrey six months ago and works for Progressive Intercultural Community Services.
“I am committed to Surrey,” he said in an interview. “My whole family lives in Surrey.”
Hundal, who has degrees in political science and law, listed health and the shortage of new schools as key issues in Tynehead.
Hundal defeated challengers Lakhvinder Jhaj, Richard Koett and Diana Ng.
Ren Morley, the NDP’s consitutency association president, said it was the first time members of Tynehead’s two largest visible minorities have faced each other in a nomination bid.
Hundal has been credited with helping Adrian Dix clinch the NDP leadership earlier this year by recruiting new party members in Surrey.