Richmond First Councillors Welcome Candidates of Strength and Experience to Election Slate

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2007

RICHMOND – Former Richmond City Councillors Kiichi Kumagai and Ken Johnston have come back onboard the Richmond First Team and have declared their intention to run in the 2008 municipal election, Richmond City Councillors Bill McNulty and Derek Dang said today.

“I’m pleased to welcome Ken and Kiichi back to our team,” said Councillor Dang. “They have an impeccable record of service to our community and I’m honoured to see them stepping up with Richmond First to help turn our city around.”

“Richmond First is the only free enterprise candidate slate in Richmond with a solid record of fiscal prudence and social balance,” said Councillor McNulty. “Adding individuals of the character of Kiichi and Ken certainly backs up that fact and lays the groundwork for a successful team moving into the 2008 campaign.”

Ken Johnston has been a resident of Richmond since 1976 and has a multitude of experience serving the public and the people of Richmond. Previously serving as a Richmond City Councillor from 1993-2001, Mr. Johnston served as the Chair of the Finance Committee and Liaison to the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Richmond Board. From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Johnston served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and narrowly lost his bid to return to Council in 2005.

“I’m excited to stand-up and champion issues that are important to the citizens of Richmond,” said Johnston. “Preservation and protection of our neighbourhoods, stronger advocacy for public safety including participation in a regional police force, and implementing real traffic solutions to minimize gridlock, are all critical issues for the future of our city.”

Kiichi Kumagai was first elected to Richmond City Council in 1973 and previously served on Council for thirty years. Known for his strong fiscal record and his expansive knowledge of the Richmond community, Mr. Kumagai has been credited by many for the strong fiscal position Richmond enjoys today. Since 2005, Mr. Kumagai has been involved with the Rosewood Manor Foundation raising in excess of $400,000 for one of the city’s most venerable senior’s facilities.

“People have been asking me for some time to bring my experience back to Council saying the city has lost focus,” said Kumagai. “I’m running to ensure all voices of Richmond taxpayers are heard and our hard earned tax dollars are spent with the care and oversight they deserve.”

The next Richmond civic election is set for November 15, 2008.

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