Liberal MLA OK for a second run

Marc Dalton received party acclamation for Maple Ridge-Mission riding on the weekend.

Marc Dalton.

Marc Dalton.

Liberal MLA Marc Dalton will be back for the next election, fighting to retain his seat in Maple Ridge-Mission.

Dalton, first elected in 2009, received the Liberal party acclamation for the riding on the weekend.

He knows he’ll have a challenge retaining the seat, though, in May.

“This riding’s always been a challenge,” he said.

“Our poll numbers are down right now.”

But Dalton said his work over the past three years as MLA has allowed him to develop relationships that he hopes will help during the vote.

“There’s a lot of flack that we do get, but at the same time, I’ve found it very rewarding, as well.

“The economy is really important and I think we do have a strong track record of good economic management.”

Dalton could be taking on either Bob D’Eith or Mike Bocking of the NDP.

In the neighbouring riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, City of Pitt Meadows Coun. Doug Bing is competing with Terry Becker for the Liberal party nod, after which the winner will take on the NDP’s Elizabeth Rosenau.

Dalton said B.C. faces challenging times.

But the government has tried to rein in spending, while continuing to invest in infrastructure spending. He pointed to the new Pitt River and Golden Ears bridges, the refit of Mission Memorial Hospital, the new wing of Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and the new Alouette Heights supportive housing project in Maple Ridge that’s soon to open.