In the last provincial election in 2009, with nine candidates running, voters could be excused for confusing their candidates, parties and riding boundaries.
This time around, so far at least, only five have their names on the lists for either the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows or the Maple Ridge-Mission riding.
That could change for the B.C. Green Party, which had candidates in both ridings in 2009.
The party is still in the process of confirming candidates and could have contenders named in time for the April 26 nomination deadline, said a Green party spokesman.
Pratas, a construction manager, said he has a chance in the riding, pointing out that both Bing and Rosenau are newcomers.
He’s lived in Maple Ridge for the last 15 years and his son just graduated from Maple Ridge secondary.
“We’re all three brand new.”
Pratas used to live in Ontario and served on that city’s council for three years. “I speak the language that people want to hear. I’m not one of these suit guys that just stands around. I’m a working guy and I’m going to work for them in Victoria. I’m not going to be a suit man, work 39 days and the rest of the days spend on vacation.”
He points out he knows the work schedule of a politician having served in Hamilton.
His top issues are the environment along with transportation and education.
The B.C. Conservatives are proposing tax credits be issued for people’s bridge toll expenses. The party also wants to ditch the carbon tax.
He also wants to get TransLink to bring bus service into Silver Valley.
Pratas said he’s got about 25 people working on his campaign, which is based out of his Silver Valley home office. Former Liberals and NDPers are helping out.
“Because I think Adrian Dix is not telling the truth about everything.”
He didn’t expect the B.C. Conservatives would have a candidate in Maple Ridge-Mission.