Langley MLA and Minister of Environment Mary Polak in seeking re-election is opening a campaign office this weekend.

Langley race gears up between Liberal and NDP

On the provincial front, the New Democrat Party acclaimed a local candidate, while an incumbent Liberal opens her campaign office.

Langley is gearing up for a provincial election, and that became even more apparent this week as some of the players moved into position on the proverbial chess board.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, the BC NDP selected Gail Chaddock-Costello to be their candidate in the Langley riding.

A Fort Langley resident for 21 years, as well as an educator [including teacher, district coordinator, assistant superintendent, vice-principal, principal, Langley Teachers’ Association president, and BC Teachers’ Federation member] and community activist, she was acclaimed during the weekend’s nomination meeting.

“Christy Clark isn’t working for you,” Chaddock-Costello said. “Our costs are going up while our schools and health care are being cut. Housing is becoming more and more unaffordable. Every day people are paying more and getting less,” said the Nova Scotia born candidate.

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CAPTION: GAIL CHADDOCK-COSTELLO

Meanwhile, incumbent BC Liberal candidate and current Langley MLA Mary Polak – who was first elected in 2005 and is currently minister of environment, is also gearing up for the election.

She’s officially launching her re-election bid with the opening of a campaign office at #100 20329 Logan Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m.

At that time, she will be announcing her campaign co-chairs.

And despite the fact that it’s being held at the onset of the provincial election campaign, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce have invited Polak to speak at their monthly Coffee & Conversation forum next week.

The small, and what is dubbed as “intimate gathering” is being held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the chamber’s boardroom, at #207 8047 199th St.

The cost is $10 and includes coffee. But guests are required to bring their own lunches. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., for those who are interested.

It’s an event where local issues such as economic development, transportation, environment, and community news that are vital to Langley business are going to be discussed.

The promotional poster from the chamber states: “As a benefit of having a Langley Chamber membership, you have the opportunity to have your questions answered in small group setting, and hear what Hon. Mary Polak is working on to improve Langley.”

Pre-registration for the event is required at 604-371-3770 or events@langleychamber.com. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23.