From left: Dave Woods

From left: Dave Woods

Mountie, firefighter and social services provider join Surrey First

Mike Starchuk, Dave Woods and Vera LeFranc are running for councillor positions this November.

Surrey First is telegraphing a public safety agenda by naming both a firefighter and a Mountie to its contestants for city council this fall.

Mike Starchuk, Dave Woods and Vera LeFranc will be running with the coalition of independents this fall, Surrey First is expected to announce tomorrow at an event at SFU Surrey.

Starchuk, a Surrey firefighter, was just recognized with an Honorary Membership to the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Association, for his “selfless work on behalf of his fellow firefighters throughout the province.

Surrey First has also signed up Woods, who was the former district commander for Cloverdale.

Former officer in charge of Surrey RCMP Fraser MacRae called Woods “a quintessential district commander, a quintessential chief of police for Cloverdale.

Woods was an extremely popular presence among Cloverdale residents during his command at that district station.

The civic coalition has also selected LeFranc, who was in charge of women’s programs for the Newton Advocacy Group Society for eight years before becoming manager of community projects for Vancity.

LeFranc also manages the City of Surrey’s Homelessness and Housing fund.