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Dan Baxter and Helen Quan - new city candidatesRICHMOND, August 18, 2014 - Two new Richmond Community Coalition candidates today announced their intent to run for Richmond City Council in the November Civic election – bringing the Coalition’s number of Council candidates to four. Local businessperson Helen Quan and public policy and government relations advisor Dan Baxter announced their candidacy at a news conference this morning in Richmond. (Councillor Ken Johnston and Councillor Chak Au announced their candidacy under the Coalition on July 28).

The Coalition’s Candidate Chair, Sylvia Gwozd, welcomed the pair of new candidates. “Helen and Dan are new faces in this Civic race, and have a deep and demonstrated commitment to our community,” said Gwozd. “They bring a new approach, insight, experience and diversity to our group of candidates.”

Quan, a mother of two Richmond-raised young adults, is passionate about community service. “The Coalition appeals to me because one of its top priorities is to reach out to our various cultural communities and younger generations. Richmond is a hugely diverse city, we have people of all ages from all walks of life and of all cultures. I am particularly impressed by the Coalition’s deep interest in engaging with these citizens, both in running for office as well as participating in the election process.” said Quan. “Many new members of our city are not familiar with a government that genuinely wants to engage with the populace, and responds to their needs. And my goal will be to reach out to those residents, and let them know that we are listening.” Quan has lived in Richmond for over 20 years. She’s known as a community activist and volunteer. Most recently, she served as President of the Richmond Mandarin Lions Club, and Vice President of the 32nd Richmond Scouts. She has fund-raised for such community groups as the RCMP Torch Run, St. John Ambulance and the Vancouver Children’s Hospital.

Baxter is a policy and research analyst with the BC Chamber of Commerce with experience in working for the Federal Government at a senior level. “Serving my community has always been important to me. I have been a volunteer director, vice-president and president of several provincial and federal riding and youth associations,” said Baxter. “I am committed to ensuring that politics doesn’t replace good policy and transparency of – and connecting our residents to – their local government. I also feel strongly that we need to get young families and younger people involved in how our city is run – the Richmond Community Coalition has made this kind of civic engagement a priority, which is what has drawn me to the coalition.”

Baxter is also a director of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society. He and his wife live in Steveston and are the parents of two young sons – both born in Richmond.

The Richmond Community Coalition is a new community-based organization whose goal is to increase citizen engagement in the Civic governments – and increase voter participation in local elections. Its board comprises a wide range of community activist/volunteers who have a long history of giving back to the community. It recently held a Town Hall meeting where over 100 people attended – and offered their input on key community issues and opportunities.

On Wednesday August 20th, the Coalition will host another Town Hall at Richmond Cultural Centre’s Performance Hall – this one to focus on engaging youth in local government scene.

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.
Helen Quan - 604-649-2837 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Baxter- 778-986-5001 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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