Surrey's ruling party has tapped a three-term councillor to replace the outgoing Dianne Watts on its mayoral ticket.
With the endorsement of Watts, Surrey First announced that Linda Hepner will head up its slate for the November election.
“I am committed to leading Surrey First into the coming election and building on the successes that we have achieved over the past nine years,” Hepner said in a news release today (June 25). “I am so grateful for this honour. I believe this is a time of incredible opportunity for our city, and I am committed to continuing the prosperity, stability, and sense of community that has made Surrey one of the greatest cities in Canada.”
Hepner has served on city council since 2005 and sits on the Metro Vancouver board of directors.
Surrey First councillors Judy Villeneuve, Bruce Hayne, Tom Gill, Mary Martin, and Barbara Steele are running for reelection.
The party also announced that community advocate Vera LeFranc, retired RCMP officer Dave Woods, and firefighter Mike Starchuk will seek council seats under the Surrey First banner.
Barinder Rasode, who left Surrey First to sit on council as an independent, is widely expected to contend for the mayor's office.