Doug McCallum’s time as mayor has come to an end as Brenda Locke takes over the cities top job.
It was a close race for mayor which saw Brenda Locke receive approximately 1,000 more votes than Doug McCallum. Locke won with 28.14% of the votes casted and McCallum got 27.31% of the votes, third place saw Gordie Hogg with 21%, according to the numbers at the time this article was done.
Locke’s victory will roll back the Surrey Police plan in favor of keeping the RCMP in Surrey. She said Surrey Police officers shouldn’t worry about their jobs as they can reintegrate in to the Surrey RCMP.
In her victory speech, Locke said Surrey had voted for change.
“You said you wanted a very big change and boy did you ever get it. … A big change for public safety, for ethics, for development and for transportation in our city. A big change.”
“Surrey rocks,” Locke told the crowd.
“But still, we have work to do and we have our work cut out for us … first of all we have to keep the Surrey RCMP right here in Surrey,” she said to cheers and whistles
Locke said she and her city council will also be working on the concerns of housing affordability, property tax rates, and government transparency, which featured prominently in the election campaign.
When Doug McCallum was asked about Lockes plan to roll back the Surrey Police he said it’s not uo to her but the choice of the province.
“I’m not sure she can,” he said.