Two FVRD directors making NDP nomination bids

Wendy Bales and Dennis Adamson, directors at the FVRD, are running for NDP nominations in Chilliwack and in Abbotsford-Mission.

Wendy Bales and Dennis Adamson, electoral area directors at the Fraser Valley Regional District, are running for NDP nominations in Chilliwack and in Abbotsford-Mission.

If Bales wins the nomination in Abbotsford-Mission, she could go toe-to-toe with BC Liberal MLA Randy Hawes, if he decides to run for re-election in the May 14 provincial election.

Bales has been an outspoken critic of a regional gravel removal plan spearheaded by Hawes at the FVRD.

Adamson, also a critic of the gravel plan, could go toe-to-toe with Chilliwack MLA John Les, if Les decides to run for re-election.

But both NDP nomination candidates, Bales from the Lake Errock area and Adamson from the Yale area, say they are not one-issue candidates and are familiar with the issues facing urban area residents.

“I’ve been working hard on community issues, not just one thing, over the last decade, and not just in my neighbourhood, but in Abby-Mission too,” Bales said.

Bales was involved in the public opposition that defeated a P3 water facility in Abbotsford, and has taken an active part in reversing the “downgrading” of the Mission hospital.

“The hospital went from being one of the two best to being a shell of what it used to be,” she said.

But Bales acknowledged she has an “uphill” battle for the NDP nomination as candidate Preet Rai has a head start in the campaign.

Rai was vetted by the party executive in July while Bales is just starting that process.

A third candidate, Lynn Perrin, stepped down Sunday as president of the NDP’s riding association in Abbotsford-Mission to make her bid for the nomination.

The challenge for the candidates now is to sign up as many new party members as they can to bring with them to the nomination meeting. No date has been set for that meeting.

Kirsten Hauge, president of the Chilliwack riding association, could not be reached for comment on the status of the nomination race here.

Although Adamson represents the Yale area at the FVRD board, the candidate said he is “very familiar” with the issues facing Chilliwack residents like the closure of the hospital rehab unit, and the impact of waste-to-energy facilities under consideration by Metro Vancouver.

Adamson said his involvement with political and day-to-day financial issues at the FVRD since 2008 has given him a wide range of experience, but now he wants to carry that forward to the provincial government level as MLA.

“The policy stuff that drives our economy and decides our lifestyle is provincial,” he said.

“I want to be in a position so I can help build a better world.”

Neither Hawes nor Les have decided yet if they will run for re-election.

Just Posted

Rockslide closes Coquihalla northbound

Highway 5 is closed in both directions according to DriveBC

UPDATE: Wind warning has ended for Metro Vancouver

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

Guilty plea issued in case where man, 86, was assaulted and robbed

Hughie Stump pleads guilty to break-and-enter in relation to Abbotsford incident

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Most Read