NDP candidate Selina Robinson wins in Coquitlam-Maillardville after final votes tallied

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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.

Update: Selina Robinson and Steve Kim face judicial recount in Coquitlam-Maillardville

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mr. happy

May 28, 2013 at 5:37am

that's fantastic news!

Dave Harper

May 28, 2013 at 7:44am

I think that I will wait for the Elections BC announcement before putting this one in the win column. 35 counts cries out for a judicial recount. Don't think that the Liberals won't ask for one.

mr. x

May 31, 2013 at 1:52pm

They won't need to ask for a recount, Dave. As the article linked in the update explains, the winning margin was less than 0.2% of the total vote count, so there's an AUTOMATIC judicial recount.

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