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Jack Hundial withdraws from Surrey municipal election campaign

Click to play video: 'Surrey councillor decides not to run in fall civic election'
Surrey councillor decides not to run in fall civic election
WATCH: Surrey councillor Jack Hundial has announced he won't run again in this fall's civic election. – Aug 16, 2022

One of Surrey’s sitting city councillors is pulling out of the upcoming municipal election race.

Jack Hundial announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race for council, due to a transfer to the Okanagan with his other job as an investigator for FortisBC.

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His wife was also facing a similar move with her job, he said.

“This was a really really hard decision,” he told Global News.

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Councillor Jack Hundai leaving Safe Surrey Coalition

Hundial was elected in 2018 as a part of Mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey coalition, but split from the party in 2019 over the city’s move from the RCMP to its own Surrey Police Service.

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In his four years on council, the former RCMP officer he said he’s most proud of spearheading the creation of a Surrey ethics commissioner’s office.

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“I’m going to continue to advocate for this at the UBCM at the provincial level,” he said.

Hundial and Surrey mayoral candidate Brenda Locke, another former Safe Surrey Coalition member, formed the new Surrey Connect party, which is challenging McCallum in the Oct. 15 vote.

Despite his move to the Okanagan, Hundial said he will stay on as a director with the new party, and will continue to support it through the election campaign.

With files from Janet Brown

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