NDP candidate Selina Robinson wins in Coquitlam-Maillardville after final votes tallied
NDP Leader Adrian Dix and Port Coquitlam NDP MLA Mike Farnworth have each tweeted that their party's candidate has won a closely fought contest in Coquitlam-Maillardville.
According to them, Coquitlam councillor Selina Robinson has a 35-vote margin of victory after a final count of ballots by Elections B.C.
After the preliminary count on May 14, Robinson, former director of development with SHARE Family and Community Services, was 105 votes behind B.C. Liberal Steve Kim.
The seat was formerly held by the NDP's Diane Thorne, who didn't seek reelection.
Robinson's victory gives the NDP 34 seats in the legislature and a second MLA in the Lower Mainland's northeast sector.
She has a master's degree in counselling psychology, been an organizer for Tri-Cities Homelessness Action Week, and participated in the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable.
Kim, a small-business owner and past chair of C3 Korean Canadian Society, appeared ready to join the NDP's Jane Shin as the first B.C. MLAs of Korean descent.
But Robinson's victory means that Shin—who was elected in Burnaby-Lougheed—is the only provincial politician who can claim this distinction.