Dingwall to host election barbecue in Pitt Meadows

Introducing group of council candidates ‘who share common values’

Pitt Meadows mayoralty candidate Bill Dingwall will host a barbecue next Sunday, and introduce councillors who support him, and whom he supports.

But it is neither a team, nor a slate asserts Dingwall, who has often been critical of the team headed by Mayor John Becker that was elected to five of the seven council seats during the 2014 municipal election.

“They have endorsed me, and I think they’re great candidates,” is how he describes the councillors who will join him at the Sept. 9 barbecue at the South Bonson Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those will include incumbent Tracy Miyashita and candidates Nicole MacDonald, Bob Meachen, Michael Hayes, and potentially a fifth candidate who could declare her candidacy next week.

“This is a group of people who share common values and common principles, and we’re all not happy with the last four years,” said Dingwall. “This is about all of us feeling there needs to be a change on council.”

He said they will not be a slate, and councillors will not vote along “party lines.”

He said the event will be an opportunity for members of the public to come and meet the candidates. There will be activities organized for kids.

“It’s a chance for use to connect with the community,” said Dingwall.

Miyashita said it is a group of people she would recommend for council.

“I want to lift others up this election,” said Miyashita. “They are a group of individuals who really care about the community, and who are respectful.”