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Surrey MLA Rachna Singh announces candidacy for re-election

Surrey-Green Timbers MLA and Education Minister Rachna Singh to run again in October
Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey- Green Timbers and Education Minister, is running for re-election in October’s provincial election. (Anna Burns file photo)

Sitting Surrey-Green Timbers MLA and Education Minister Rachna Singh is the NDP’s candidate seeking re-election for the provincial election come October.

Singh, now in her second term, is going for a third time for this fall’s election, after being elected in 2017 and 2020. BC NDP announced her candidacy in a press release Tuesday (May 21), with Singh promising to “take action to improve housing, affordability, education, and health care in Surrey North.”

From India originally, Singh came to Canada in 2001 and raised her family in B.C.

Before joining politics, Singh worked as a support worker with women facing domestic violence and was also a community activist, the release notes.

“I chose to raise my family in British Columbia because I knew what a great community we have here,” Singh said.

A petition to recall Singh was filed with Elections BC late last year due to the implementation of SOGI 123 — the divisive educational resource used in the province’s schools. The petition failed as it did not receive the necessary number of signatures to move forward.

This was the first instance where a Surrey MLA was targeted by an attempted recall.

RELATED: Petition filed to recall Surrey MLA Rachna Singh

“Rachna has spent her entire life advocating for others,” Premier David Eby said.

“As an MLA and cabinet minister, she has been an effective champion for the people of Surrey for more schools and improving health care. She will ensure the residents of Surrey have good services and good jobs to build a good life here.”

– with a file from Tom Zytaruk

Sobia Moman

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