New Westminster Candidate Survey Results | 2022 Municipal Elections

In this year's New Westminster municipal election, there are 3 candidates for mayor, 12 candidates for council, and 9 candidates for school board. New West electors will go to the polls to elect 1 mayor, 6 councillors, and 7 school board trustees.

We reached out to candidates with publicly available contact information as well as party contacts. The survey opened on September 13th, with responses accepted until September 21st, and no responses were accepted afterwards.

The survey for mayor and council consisted of six multiple choice questions to find out how candidates get around and what they support, as well as four long answer questions. The survey for school board candidates consisted of three multiple choice questions.

The table below show answers to the multiple choice questions.

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To view candidates' long answer responses, click here.


Survey completion rate among candidates

Mayoral candidates: 3/3 (100%)
Council candidates: 5/12 (42%)
School board candidates: 5/9 (56%)


New Westminster Survey Results

Mayor and Council

Party/Affiliation Candidate What is your usual way of getting around the City? Will you be a champion for active transportation on council? Will you vote in favour of infrastructure projects that separate bicycles from cars and pedestrians in areas of high cycling potential? Do you support Car Free Zones around schools? Would you support a reduction in parking minimums for new construction? Do you support the current Master Transportation Plan?

Community First

Patrick Johnstone (Mayor) Walk, Bike Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chinu Das Walk, Transit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bereket Kebede Walk, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jaimie McEvoy Walk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ruby Campbell Walk, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tasha Henderson Walk, Bike, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New West Progressives Ken Armstrong (Mayor) Car No Yes No Yes Yes
Independent Chuck Puchmayr (Mayor) Walk, Bike, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


School Board

Party/Affiliation Candidate Do you support car-free zones around schools? Will you support student and staff participation in HUB’s Go By Bike Week as a school district initiative—for example, by encouraging friendly competition among schools? Would you support a stipend for district staff to purchase bicycles and bike-related components for the purpose of cycling to work, just as the Kootenay Lakes School District currently does?

Community First

Marc Andres No Yes Yes
Cheryl Sluis Yes Yes Yes
Dee Beattie Yes Yes Yes
Gurveen Dhaliwal Yes Yes No
New West Progressives Kathleen Carlsen Yes Yes Yes


View candidates' long answer responses here.


Candidates that have endorsed our Cycling Platform

Ruby Campbell, Chinu Das, Tasha Henderson, Patrick Johnstone, Bereket Kebede, Jaimie McEvoy, Nadine Nakagawa

Incumbents underlined