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RICHMOND, July 28th, 2014 - On Monday, current Richmond Councillors Ken Johnston and Chak Au announced their intent to run as candidates with the Richmond Community Coalition in the next election. Councillor Johnston and Councillor Au were presented by the Coalition’s Candidate Chair, Sylvia Gwozd, at a news conference earlier today.

“What appeals to me about the Richmond Community Coalition is its goal to engage more people – more youth, more seniors, more people from every walk of life,” says City Councillor Ken Johnston. “The Coalition’s diverse board and rigorous candidate review are important to me – as is its simple objective of making civic engagement a long-term objective. It’s a whole new team of community activists of all ages who are working hard to get people involved in their municipal government.”

“Richmond is a prosperous, diverse international city with so much potential. I’m pleased to be a part of a new organization that is committed to helping the City’s citizens be an active part of utilizing its international connections to be even better,” says current City Councillor Chak Au

Coalition Candidate Chair Sylvia Gwozd, a former School Board chair, long-time community volunteer and community activist, welcomed Johnston and Au as the first Richmond Community Coalition candidates.

“Councillor Ken Johnston is a chartered professional accountant and a successful environmentally-oriented business owner who has won awards with his business. He has been instrumental in turning the Garden City lands into the environmental legacy it is now becoming. His vast experience is very much needed to help guide Council. And Councillor Au’s long-time experience with the Richmond School Board and as a healthcare professional, within our diverse Asian community, and with extensive China relations will help our Council develop new international linkages.”

Councillor Johnston highlighted that the Richmond Community Coalition has already started reaching out to Richmond residents with community Town Halls.

“We had our first Town Hall in mid-July and over 120 people attended to offer their input on what they saw as key community issues and opportunities,” Johnston said. “We have another Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday August 20, in the Performance Hall at the Richmond Cultural Centre, which will feature youth engagement in the community as the feature topic. Youth involvement is key to getting more people out to vote and involved in the municipal government’s planning for the City.”

Councillor Au noted the Coalition intends to encourage residents’ involvement in the City’s elections and its long-term growth.

“This is a new chapter for me, working with people in the longer term to get them more involved in community planning, sustainability, and economic and recreational development. Our residents have much experience to offer, well beyond just municipal elections. I’m pleased to be a part of an organization of community activists that are making this long-term commitment to Richmond.”

For more information please contact:

Richmond Community Coalition Candidate Chair, Sylvia Gwozd
604-671-3222 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Councillor, Ken Johnston
604-220-4819 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Councillor, Chak Au
778-893-8882 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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