Pitt Meadows councillors running again

Bruce Bell will try for a second term, Gwen O'Connell for a third

Pitt Meadows city councillors Bruce Bell and Gwen O'Connell will be seeking re-election in November.

Pitt Meadows city councillors Bruce Bell and Gwen O'Connell will be seeking re-election in November.

Two Pitt Meadows city councillors announced this week that they will be seeking re-election in November.

Bruce Bell and Gwen O’Connell are also throwing their support behind Deb Walters, who is vying for the mayor’s chair.

A Pitt Meadows resident for 31 years, Bell will be trying for a second term.

With Walters and councillor John Becker both running for mayor, he said there will be a large gap to fill. Bell believes his experience will help bridge that gap and that Walters is the right person to be the city’s next mayor.

“Deb cares deeply about the individuals of our city and is genuinely interested in their ideas and opinions,” said Bell. “She has demonstrated this time and time again with her collaborative style of leadership.”

O’Connell served on council from 1993 to 2005, then returned for a second time in 2008 because “of her passion for Pitt Meadows and the people who live here.”

She said she is a “hands-on” councillor who can be found “serving hot dogs or cutting cake” at many community events and considers herself to be “one of those very lucky people who has a job she loves to go to each day.”

She is supporting Walters’ bid to become mayor because she sees Walters as a strong leader.

“She is a dedicated, hard working individual committed to the families of this wonderful community, said O’Connell.

“She is a strong leader and the best choice for the job.”

Current councillors Doug Bing and Tracy Miyashita will also be seeking re-election on Nov. 19.