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Dan Coulter. (Submitted)

BC VOTES 2020: An unexpected orange wave hits Chilliwack and Agassiz

NDP’s Dan Coulter preliminary winner in Chilliwack with Kelli Paddon holding a thin margin in Chilliwack-Kent

A photo from early in the campaign for the Chilliwack seat, Diane Janzen poses with one of her campaign signs. (Facebook/ Diane Janzen)

Conservative candidate for Chilliwack sitting in third in early results

Diane Janzen is a newcomer to the party after campaigning for the BC Liberals for a year

Chilliwack BC Liberal incumbent John Martin in the riding on election day on Oct. 24, 2020. (Darren McDonald photo)

BC Liberal candidate John Martin trailing NDP’s Dan Coulter in Chilliwack riding

Conservative Diane Janzen is a factor in a tight race as a right wing vote splitter

Chilliwack-Kent provincial election NDP candidate Kelli Paddon watching results as they come in on election night Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)

Chilliwack-Kent leaning towards NDP’s Kelli Paddon late Saturday

Upstart New Democrat could unseat incumbent Laurie Throness who won in 2013 and 2017 –results are not final

Chilliwack-Kent provincial election NDP candidate Kelli Paddon watching results as they come in on election night Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)
Dan Coulter. (Submitted)

Chilliwack school board chair showing strong lead at the polls

Dan Coulter running for BC NDP against incumbent BC Liberal John Martin

Dan Coulter. (Submitted)
Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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B.C. VOTES 2020 MAP: Provincial election results, riding by riding

B.C. likely won’t know which party – NDP, Liberals or Greens – will be leading the province for weeks

(The Canadian Press)
Clint Hames, former mayor of Chilliwack, has kept his finger on the pulse of politics for decades. He spoke with The Progress on election day, Oct. 24, 2020 about his predictions and for a run down of how this election has played out. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Predictions for tonight’s election results from former Chilliwack mayor

All eyes on Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent ridings as BC Liberal safe seats now in question

Clint Hames, former mayor of Chilliwack, has kept his finger on the pulse of politics for decades. He spoke with The Progress on election day, Oct. 24, 2020 about his predictions and for a run down of how this election has played out. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
There were no lines or just minimal waits at most polling stations in Chilliwack throughout the day, Oct. 24, 2020, including this one at First Avenue Church in the Chilliwack riding. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Polling stations quiet in Chilliwack on voting day

Unprecedented number of voters chose to vote early or mail in their ballots, says Elections BC

There were no lines or just minimal waits at most polling stations in Chilliwack throughout the day, Oct. 24, 2020, including this one at First Avenue Church in the Chilliwack riding. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Beau Pelletier, Ashlyn Durie, Catherine Patterson and Olivia McLatchy are all Grade 6 students at CMS who decided to vote Green for Student Vote, Oct. 22, 2020, and who want to see an end to the opioid crisis. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Opioid crisis top of mind for Chilliwack youth during Student Vote event

Chilliwack middle school students speak about concerns with mental health and drug abuse

Beau Pelletier, Ashlyn Durie, Catherine Patterson and Olivia McLatchy are all Grade 6 students at CMS who decided to vote Green for Student Vote, Oct. 22, 2020, and who want to see an end to the opioid crisis. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness, who began the campaign as a BC Liberal but left the party on Oct. 15. (Submitted)

OPINION: Every vote counts with election uncertainty in Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent

For the first time in a long time there could be very close races in both local ridings

Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness, who began the campaign as a BC Liberal but left the party on Oct. 15. (Submitted)
Chilliwack riding candidates Andrew Coombes (left, Libertarian) and Green Tim Cooper, (BC Green) took part in an All Candidates Meeting at Cowork Chilliwack on Oct. 14, 2020, along with four other candidates. Among the topics discussed was the decriminalization of drugs and the use of safe injection sites. (Youtube/ Screenshot)

Chilliwack candidates discuss safe injection sites, drug decriminalization

NDP candidate: ‘We need to fight this issue with everything we have’

Chilliwack riding candidates Andrew Coombes (left, Libertarian) and Green Tim Cooper, (BC Green) took part in an All Candidates Meeting at Cowork Chilliwack on Oct. 14, 2020, along with four other candidates. Among the topics discussed was the decriminalization of drugs and the use of safe injection sites. (Youtube/ Screenshot)
Many large signs for Laurie Throness’s campaign have had the BC Liberal graphics covered up, while smaller signs have so far been left as is. A large sign in Manuel Park along Vedder Road in Sardis has been altered to reflect Throness is no longer associated with the BC Liberal party, however at least four smaller signs laying on the ground have not been. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

BC Votes 2020: What happens to former BC Liberal Throness’s votes?

Laurie Throness is no longer a part of the party but is still a valid candidate in this election

Many large signs for Laurie Throness’s campaign have had the BC Liberal graphics covered up, while smaller signs have so far been left as is. A large sign in Manuel Park along Vedder Road in Sardis has been altered to reflect Throness is no longer associated with the BC Liberal party, however at least four smaller signs laying on the ground have not been. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Candidates for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding met up for an All Candidates Meeting on Oct. 14. The first question for the panel dealt with LGBTQ+ legislation, a hot topic in the riding. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Throness defends himself on conversion therapy during Chilliwack-Kent meeting

BC Liberal candidate: ‘I decry and oppose any course of practice to try to change another’s identity’

Candidates for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding met up for an All Candidates Meeting on Oct. 14. The first question for the panel dealt with LGBTQ+ legislation, a hot topic in the riding. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness (BC Liberal).

BC VOTES: Chilliwack-Kent provincial election candidates Q&A

Four out of five vying for the Chilliwack-Kent seat talk COVID-19, housing affordability, overdose crisis and more

Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness (BC Liberal).
Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP).

BC VOTES: Chilliwack provincial election candidates Q&A

Six vying for the Chilliwack seat talk COVID-19, housing affordability, overdose crisis and more

Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP).
Do you have the right ID to vote in Chilliwack’s municipal election?

Do you have the right ID to vote in Chilliwack’s municipal election?

Chilliwack residents will need identification that proves both residency and identity

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Do you have the right ID to vote in Chilliwack’s municipal election?
Could Chilliwack’s voter turnout be an all-time record?

Could Chilliwack’s voter turnout be an all-time record?

UFV poli sci professor says municipal elections are typically low but a ward system could help

Could Chilliwack’s voter turnout be an all-time record?