Former councillor wants to be a councillor again

Candace Gordon announces she's in race for Maple Ridge seat

Candace Gordon

Candace Gordon

A veteran of municipal politics wants to get back on Maple Ridge council for three more years.

Candace Gordon, who has served four terms previously, announced her campaign Thursday.

“It’s vital that we have people on council who speak to a broad spectrum of interests and represent all socio-economic sectors of our community,” Gordon said in a news release. “The quality of life that we build needs to be inclusive for all our citizens.”

She said Maple Ridge needs to build more affordable housing and that poverty is becoming a growing issue. “We are seeing a growing sector of citizens who are housed but are struggling to provide the basic necessities of life for themselves and their families.”

In a release, she said she supports building a “strong, compact community” that has population density that can support transit.

She also wants to protect farmland and says she believes in open, transparent government that “practises meaningful community consultation.”

Gordon manages food initiatives such as the Seniors Food Pantry, the Seniors Food For All Buying Club and runs workshops teaching people how to can food.

She’s been involved on more than 22 local, provincial and national boards and committees is currently chair of Maple Ridge’s agricultural advisory committee. She’s also a director of the Alouette Home Start Society, the arts council and the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.