Jason Lum, seen here in his Fraser Valley Regional District office on Jan. 15, 2019, will be running in the Oct. 24 provincial election as an Independent. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Jason Lum running as Independent candidate for Chilliwack-Kent riding

The city councillor’s announced his candidacy shortly after closing time for Elections BC

A Chilliwack man well-known for his role as a city councillor is making the jump to provincial politics.

Jason Lum announced his candidacy on Friday, Oct. 2 on his website and social media. He will be running as an Independent candidate the upcoming provincial election in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent.

“It’s official – I will be running as your independent candidate for Chilliwack-Kent,” he wrote late Friday.

Lum’s name is listed on the Elections BC website for the riding along with four others.

He has been a councillor with the City of Chilliwack since December of 2011 and is the chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

BC Green Party candidate for Chilliwack-Kent Jeff Hammersmark shared a letter on social media Saturday stating that he would cease campaigning because of Lum’s candidacy.

“If I continue to run a hard, energetic, passionate campaign, now against Mr. Lum, I believe it would only serve to help Mr. [Laurie] Throness [BC Liberal incumbent] win.”

The letter was subsequently deleted from Twitter and Facebook and Hammersmark has not yet responded to a request to comment.

This story will be updated as more info becomes available.

Here are the five candidates for the riding of Chilliwack-Kent:

Eli Gagne – Libertarian

Jeff Hammersmark – BC Green Party

Jason Lum – Independent

Kelli Paddon – BC NDP

Laurie Throness – BC Liberal Party

READ MORE: All your 2020 B.C. Election coverage in one place

READ MORE: Which riding do you live in — Chilliwack or Chilliwack-Kent?


 

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