April 28, 2014 11:55 am

Surrey residents ready for change at City Hall: poll

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts addresses reporters regarding their task force recommendations.

Rumina Daya, Global News

A new poll shows that Surrey residents are ready for a new leader at City Hall.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts announced Saturday that she wouldn’t seek another term as mayor of B.C.’s second-largest city.

The poll by Insights West showed that two-thirds (68 per cent) of residents say they are ready for change at City Hall, while 20 per cent want to see no change at all.

The survey was conducted in late March, before Watts made the announcement she would not be running again.

The poll also highlighted Surrey residents’ concerns about crime. 49 per cent of people thought it was the most important issue facing the city, followed by transportation (22 per cent), health care (7 per cent) and education (6 per cent).

The poll also found that Councillor Barinder Rasode had the best familiarity with voters. Rasode recently announced she was leaving Watts’ Surrey First party and sitting as an independent.

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