Anena Simpson will run for Pitt Meadows city council. (Contributed)

Anena Simpson will run for Pitt Meadows city council. (Contributed)

“Passion over politics” for Pitt Meadows council candidate

Anena Simpson announced her candidacy for Pitt Meadows city council.

Passion over politics is the slogan a Pitt Meadows council candidate is standing behind.

Anena Simpson announced her candidacy for Pitt Meadows council on Monday, July 30 at the Pad Thai restaurant in Pitt Meadows.

“This isn’t about partisan politics — it’s about a passion for Pitt Meadows,” Simpson said in a press release.

The next municipal election is on Oct. 20.

Simpson said she aspires to bring responsive leadership and build a peaceful and prosperous Pitt Meadows.

“My leadership style includes communication, consultation and collaboration. Whether it is organizing community events, leading my congregation or managing our small business, responsive and respectful leadership has always brought success.”

Simpson’s priorities include ensuring residents are consulted on the City’s issues such as the development of the new Official Community Plan, finding solutions to transportation issues like traffic congestion at Harris and Lougheed, and advocating for a new rapid bus service and more service hours on the West Coast Express.

Community engagement is another priority for Simpson.

“I am running to represent you — my Pitt Meadows neighbours. Together we can build a peaceful and prosperous Pitt Meadows.”

In the community, Simpson has experience as a business manager, pastor and community organizer. She has worked as an associate pastor and led various initiatives, such as the Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert and Hope for the Holidays.

Simpson noted that residents who attended Pitt Meadows Day may recognize her from dressing up as a ‘Marge Simpson’ character from the American sitcom series The Simpsons in the parade to “bring smiles to the faces of the people of Pitt Meadows.”

Simpson and her husband David have raised four children together, ages 10-21, during their 24 years of marriage.