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Surrey Connect wins majority on city council; meet the 5 newcomers to city hall

Only three incumbents retained seats on council
Surrey council chambers inside city hall. (File photo)

Surrey voters selected a new council Saturday night, with only three incumbents retaining their seats along with five newcomers.

There were 56 candidates for city council.

Saturday’s results:

Linda Annis (Surrey First, incumbent) – 35,222 votes

• Harry Bains (Surrey Connect) – 33,708 votes

• Mike Bose (Surrey First) – 30,763 votes

• Gordon Hepner (Surrey Connect) – 27,586 votes

• Rob Stutt (Surrey Connect) – 25,699 votes

• Pardeep Kaur Kooner (Surrey Connect) – 25,118 votes

• Doug Elford (Safe Surrey Coalition, incumbent) – 24,658 votes

• Mandeep Nagra (Safe Surrey Coalition, incumbent) – 24,406 votes


Annis, Elford and Nagra will return to serve on the council.

Posted below are biographies of the five newcomers to city council, as found on the city’s website:

Harry Bains: “As a corporate and real estate lawyer who has worked with home builders and developers in Surrey, Harry understands the costs and frustrations of waiting years to get shovels in the ground. He also knows that we need jobs and social activities in our beautiful city. Harry will advocate for efficiency at City Hall to improve the development process to make homes more affordable. He earned a business degree (with Honours) from BCIT and a law degree from UBC.”

Mike Bose: “Mike Bose of Cloverdale is a fourth generation, Surrey farmer and was a member of the first student council at Kwantlen College. President of the Surrey Farmer’s Institute. Mike is a former director of the Surrey Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Surrey Cares Foundation. Ad well as creating and chairing the Agricultural Advisory Committee and serving on many planning committees such as OCP and NCPs. His extensive business background includes being chair of Mutual Fire Insurance Company of British Columbia. Mike was a Cloverdale hockey coach for over thirty years and his family’s fall corn maze is an annual attraction for local families.”

Gordon Hepner: “An entrepreneur raised in the City of Surrey, Gordon knows only too well the challenges facing small businesses. Gordon runs a boutique Notary Public practice and recognizes first-hand the vital connection between neighbourhoods and businesses. He has a passion for innovative development and intelligent innovation that puts the best technologies to work. Gordon earned his undergraduate degree at Concordia University and his Graduate Degree in Applied Legal Studies at Simon Fraser University. Gordon has devoted his recreation time to volunteer coaching in youth sports; he is a dad to two young sons and has a passion for lacrosse and hockey. As the son of former Mayor and Surrey Councillor Linda Hepner, he understands at a deep level the kind of commitment it takes to build a city we can all be proud to call our home.”

Pardeep Kaur Kooner: “Sound fiscal management is Pardeep’s speciality with over 20 years in accounting. A Trinity Western University alumnus, she owns her own audit and tax services firm. Born and raised here, she is running for council with Surrey Connect to improve our fiscal position.”

Rob Stutt: “As a career investigator with over 40 years’ experience in policing and the insurance industry, Rob understands and appreciates how decisions impact lives. The impact of decisions particularly applies to government. Commitment and integrity are essential to represent our community. Rob has been active in the community for over 30 years, serving on the executive of the Sullivan Community Association and through various levels of minor hockey. He is keenly interested in preserving the heritage of our communities and improving our public image.”

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