More guppies in the wading pool

Thanks to Public Eye readers, we have added some new names to our provincial New Democrat nomination list. Rabble rouser Adam Tondowsky and Terminal City columnist Ian King report retired Vancouver deputy fire chief and former Simon Fraser Health Region chair Paul McDonell will be running in Burnaby-Edmonds against former British Columbia Farmworkers Union president Raj Chouchan. Mr. McDonnell, who is being backed by Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan, was an independent Vancouver city council election candidate in 1999 who was endorsed by the Coalition of Progressive Electors.

Mr. Tondowsky also reports retired auditor Rob Chornenki, who came in second when he ran for mayor of Grand Forks in 2002, will be competing against Katrina Conroy for the nomination in West Kootenay-Boundary. Ms. Conroy is married to former Rossland-Trail MLA Ed Conroy.

Meanwhile, in Richmond, former federal New Democrat 2004 election candidate Dale Jackaman, an information technology director with Vizon Scitec Inc. has announced he is running in Richmond Centre. Mr. Jackaman, a former United Nations peacekeeper with the Canadian Armed Forces Signal Corp, was previously executive director of Airspace Action on Smoking and Health, a local non-smokers' rights society.

Balwant Sanghera, a Burnaby school district psychologist and activist who has worked against violence in the Indo-Canadian community, is rumoured to be considering making a bid for Richmond East. Mr. Sanghera, who recently received the Order of British Columbia, also ran for that riding in 1996.

And Richmond city councillor Harold Steves is also said to be considering seeking a nomination in his old riding of Richmond-Stevenson, which he represented in the seventies.

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