Surrey: The municipal election is months away but the political activity in and around the City Hall seems to be inspired by the spring temperatures; it’s hot and it is not going to cool down any time soon.
Barinder Rasode’s move to step out of the Surrey First and sit as an independent is clear indication that she is ready to participate in the Mayoral race and so are other three – Tom Gill, Linda Hepner and Bruce Hayne after Mayor Diane Watts has made it clear that she is not seeking another term, rumors are that she might move onto Federal politics.
Surrey First has six members of which Barbara Steele, Judy Villeneuve, Mary Martin are not too inclined towards the top job (so it seems).
Recently Insights west conducted a poll which showed Barinder emerging as the choice for Mayor. An online study was conducted from March 21 to March 23, 2014, among 507 residents of the City of Surrey, British Columbia, who are aged 18+ and are Your Insights panel members. The results of the study show that half of residents (49%) regard crime as the most important issue facing the city, followed by transportation (22%), health care (7%) and education (6%). When asked about the possible configuration of City Council after this year’s election, two thirds of residents (68%) say they are ready for either a significant change or a small change in their legislators, while only 20% would like to see no change at all.
Three issues get a very low rating, and emerge as key themes in the upcoming municipal election. Only one-in-four Surrey residents (24%) think their government has handled transportation well, and even fewer residents are satisfied with the way it has handled homelessness (18%) and crime and public safety (16%).
“The race for the mayor’s chair appears to be wide open, and four current councilors hold similar levels of acquaintance with the population. Councillor Barinder Rasode enjoys the strongest level of high familiarity over Linda Hepner, Tom Gill and Bruce Hayne.
“The Surrey councilors who may want to replace Dianne Watts start from a similar position, although Councillor Rasode has a slightly stronger name recognition in the community” Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “The key to a successful campaign will be for candidates to put forward solutions on the biggest concerns, particularly regarding crime and public safety.”
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