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Burnaby Greens candidates named for council byelection

The slate nominated Mehreen Chaudry and Teresa Rossiello for the byelection to fill two city council vacancies left by Nick Volkow and Paul McDonell
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Mehreen Chaudry (left) and Teresa Rossiello have been nominated by the Burnaby Green Party to represent the slate in the upcoming spring 2021 city council byelection.
Mehreen Chaudry and Teresa Rossiello will be the Burnaby Green Party’s candidates for the byelection coming up to fill two vacancies on city council.

The slate announced their nominations on Monday, Feb. 22, calling the nominees representative of “a growing interest to improve diversity on city council in Burnaby.”

“I’m very excited to see these candidates nominated, knowing what they could bring to this council,” Joe Keithley, the slate’s sole elected councillor, said in a news release.

Keithley pointed to Chaudry’s experience as a BC Greens candidate in last fall’s provincial election and Rossiello’s experience on civic committees, community organizations and at the BC Greens’ Burnaby North riding association as indicators of their ability to effectively navigate a campaign and politics in general.

“Co-coordinating Burnaby’s homeless count was a rewarding experience that showed me how community members can come together to ensure our most vulnerable neighbours are not overlooked,” Rossiello said.

The slate said both candidates are interested in housing affordability, urban green spaces, community planning, poverty reduction and climate change, adding they want to prioritize increasing diversity and equity in municipal work.

“The Burnaby Green Party and I firmly believe in collaboratively working with our community and facilitating solutions to the challenges facing the city of Burnaby together,” Chaudry said in a news release.

The slate noted Keithley and independent Mayor Mike Hurley have worked closely on a number of local issues, and electing more Burnaby Greens to council would give the party more weight when working with other councillors.

The byelections have not yet been called, but the city has been preparing bylaws around voting in the pandemic, including adding more advance voting dates.

The byelections were made necessary after two city councillors – Nick Volkow with the Burnaby Citizens Association and recent independent Paul McDonell – died within a few weeks of one another last summer.

City council has been operating with just seven councillors since then, and it is required by law to hold byelections to fill the vacancies before the 2022 general election.

The byelection is expected to be held sometime this spring.

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