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Burnaby Citizens Association announces council candidate replacement

The BCA names a new candidate for city council in Maita Santiago, an immigration consultant.
The BCA has announced a candidate switch - Maita Santiago (bottom left) will join new candidates Antara Deb (top left), Daniel Tetrault (top right) and Reah Arora (bottom right), in addition to four incumbent councillors.

The Burnaby Citizens Association has swapped out a formerly announced candidate for council with a new addition to the party.

Joining the BCA slate is Maita Santiago, an immigration consultant in the Metrotown neighbourhood and Filipino community leader.

Santiago has lived in Burnaby since 2008, after returning from the Philippines where she advocated for migrant workers.

She replaces candidate Simone Brandl, who was announced with three other BCA council hopefuls in April. Brandl stepped down due to work and family commitments.

The BCA is also running incumbent councillors Sav Dhaliwal, Pietro Calendino, James Wang and Alison Gu, as well as new candidates Reah Arora, Antara Deb and Daniel Tetrault.

Whether the BCA will run a mayoral candidate this election remains to be seen.

Local elections in B.C. will be held on Oct. 15 this year.