Coun. Corisa Bell is not seeking a third term on Maple Ridge council. (THE NEWS/files)

Coun. Corisa Bell is not seeking a third term on Maple Ridge council. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge councillor offering election help

Coun. Corisa Bell says she can assist one council and one mayoral candidate

A Maple Ridge city councillor is offering up her experience and expertise in winning elections.

Coun. Corisa Bell said on Facebook Monday she can help one mayoral candidate and one council candidate during the Oct. 20 civic election.

The two-term councillor announced last month that she wasn’t seeking a third term on council.

Bell said she would represent candidates who conduct themselves “in a professional manner.

“Other than this, I’m happy to be helpful to whomever connects with me.”

She’ll also only help one candidate each for council and one candidate for mayor.

Bell cited her election record as a qualification for offering her advice. In her first election campaign for Maple Ridge council in 2011, Bell came third in a field that had many veteran candidates.

In the 2014 Maple Ridge council election, Bell earned the most number of votes of all candidates, 7,941, out-campaigning the next highest candidate by 700 votes and even earning more votes than mayoralty candidates.

Bell was involved in the anti-HST campaign which resulted in the defeat of the province’s Harmonized Sales Tax in 2011.

“I’m so looking forward to playing a different role in this upcoming election,” Bell said on Facebook.

“If you’d like to get in touch with me for a strategy for your campaign I can definitely help you.”

Earlier this month, she said she wasn’t running and was starting her own company as a mediator and representing businesses, service agencies, the non-profit community and citizens to all levels of government.

Elections B.C. said sitting politicians are allowed to serve as consultants to other candidates, but all expenses that candidates incur have to be reported on candidate campaign disclosure forms.

Campaign expenses incurred after Sept. 21 are subject to campaign spending limits set by Elections B.C. for each area.

In Maple Ridge, candidates for council can only spend $27,859, while mayoralty candidates can only spend $54,992.