Council candidate: Dick Harrington
Dick Harrington is making a second run for Chilliwack city council after receiving 2,206 votes and finishing ninth out of 20 candidates in 2011.
Harrington has experience as a member of city council in Niagara Falls, Ont., and as a Niagara regional councillor.
He worked as a teacher and a high-school principal for 30 years and has operated a small business.
Harrington has also run for the NDP in 1981 provincially, and in 1984 and 1988 federally. Harrington was campaign manager for a number of individuals, including his wife's successful provincial election in 1990. He also served as Chilliwack-Hope NDP candidate Gwen O'Mahony's campaign manager.
Harrington spends most of his time with his grandchildren or volunteering with the Valley Huskers football team.
In announcing his candidacy, Harrington sent this statement:
"In a packed room full of supporters at the Landing Leisure Centre, the straight-talking, energetic senior Dick Harrington formally announced his campaign for Chilliwack city council.
'Too many decisions are made behind closed doors, with no public debate. That’s wrong. I’m a straight-talking, energetic senior, and you will always know where I stand,' said Harrington to supporters. 'It’s time to give Chilliwack a clean sweep!'
Harrington spoke of the need to bring back transparency to city hall, and ensure that all decisions are made only after public debate.
'When all decisions are made behind closed doors like they are now, new ideas don’t get a chance,' said Harrington.
'My proposal to build a fast and free municipal WiFi network for Chilliwack is a new idea that would help entrepreneurs build new businesses and create jobs just as much as it would help seniors and students,' explained Harrington."
His campaign website is www.dickharrington.ca.