Surrey ready for city hall shakeup
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts during the opening of the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre's new expansion wing in Surrey, B.C. on Wednesday February 5, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Surrey residents said they were ready for a shakeup at city hall even before Mayor Dianne Watts announced she wouldn’t be running for election again.
That’s according to the results of a March 21 to 23 Insights West poll released on Monday, with 68% of those surveyed saying they want a change in city council following this year’s civic election.
The pollster names Coun. Barinder Rasode as having the strongest recognition among voters in Surrey, just slightly more than councillors Linda Hepner, Tom Gill and Bruce Hayne.
‘The key to a successful campaign will be for candidates to put forward solutions on the biggest concerns, particularly regarding crime and public safety,” said Mario Canseco, Insights West public affairs vice-president.
The poll surveyed 507 residents of Surrey, with a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 4.4%.