School trustee wants to run for NDP in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Date for local NDP nomination meeting not set.

Lisa Beare.

Lisa Beare.

The NDP now has someone who wants to take on the Liberals in the battle for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows in next May’s election.

School trustee Lisa Beare announced on Monday she’s seeking the NDP nomination for the riding.

The date for the nomination meeting when the NDP chooses its candidate hasn’t been decided.

“… Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have been neglected by the provincial government for too long, and it is time for a change. We are at a point of transition in our community and I believe with the right leadership, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows can thrive,” said Beare.

“I have been approached by many leaders in the community who have expressed the deficit of representation here. It is difficult for young families who are struggling to find affordable housing and make ends meet. I understand these concerns first hand, having a young family myself. John Horgan and the NDP will do a better job for our community.”

Beare has been on the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board for the last two years after winning the most votes as trustee, 6,433, during the 2014 civic election.

If selected, she’ll be running against Liberal incumbent Doug Bing, first elected in 2013, who also used to sit on Pitt Meadows municipal council.