On Wednesday, Hospital Employees' Union secretary-business manager Judy Darcy declined to say whether she would be running for the provincial New Democrat nomination in New Westminister. But, two days later, Ms. Darcy announced that's exactly what she'll be doing - confirming long-standing rumours she was considering succeeding Dawn Black as the party candidate in that riding. The following is a complete copy of the news release in which she made that announcement.
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Local New Democrats ask Judy Darcy to run for the NDP in New West
August 5, 2011
NEW WESTMINSTER - Following Dawn Black's news that she will not be seeking another term as MLA, City Councillor Bill Harper and local resident Andy Ross announced they are heading up a committee that has asked prominent health care advocate and union leader Judy Darcy to run for the NDP.
"I've followed Judy's work for many years, fighting for the rights of the average working family, for public health care, child care and seniors care," says City Councillor Bill Harper. "She has what it takes to tackle a problem and make progress for ordinary people, in the tradition of Dennis Cocke, Anita Hagen, Chuck Puchmayr and Dawn Black."
West End resident and former riding President Andy Ross adds, "Judy's leadership in the union movement has been all about sitting down with people to find solutions to problems. She's a good listener, a passionate and powerful advocate and a lot of fun."
City Councillor Jonathan Cote adds, "I'm excited to have Judy Darcy's energy and experience working for us. Families in New West need provincial solutions around child care and schools, and Judy is someone who will take on these important issues."
"Judy is a progressive leader who understands what families are going through and will speak up for the needs of children and youth," says local Mom and NDP member Andrea Mears.
Carolyn Unsworth, a 26-year senior's care aide in New West and advocate for seniors care says, "Judy cares about people - old and young, healthy and sick, rich and poor. Judy envisions a world where seniors in care homes get the care they deserve, from placement to the end of life."
Judy Darcy confirms that she will seek the nomination. "New Westminster is my home and it's a very special community. I'm very excited to seek the nomination and put my skills and experience to work tackling the issues I'm hearing from people about - like our schools, health care and transportation challenges."
"I have tremendous admiration for the work Dawn Black has done locally, as well as provincially and nationally."
"Families across BC share the challenges we have here - like health care overcrowding and unacceptable wait lists, underfunded school districts and transportation problems. Instead of wasting billions on Vancouver megaprojects, together with Adrian Dix and the NDP team we can tackle those problems and provide solutions for people," added Darcy.