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One Richmond mayoralty candidate lives in Burnaby

Richmond News map shows where candidates live based on their postal codes.
Wei Ping Chen is running to be mayor of Richmond, but nomination papers show he lives in Burnaby.

A man who wants to be the mayor of Richmond actually lives in Burnaby.

In his nomination papers, Wei Ping Chen lists a Burnaby address for his residence. Meanwhile, incumbent school trustee Richard Lee lists a South Vancouver address as his residence. 

All other 43 candidates, however, including those for mayor, city councillors and school trustees, live in Richmond.

While the City of Richmond has redacted addresses and postal codes from the nomination papers of candidates, it has left in the city of residence.

The City of Richmond has withheld addresses “to prevent any risks associated with the disclosure of their place of residence,” explained city spokesperson Clay Adams.

In order to find out which neighbourhoods candidates live in, however, the Richmond News had to look at the paper nomination files at city hall, available to the public by appointment. (See map below.)

Online redactions of addresses and postal codes for candidates vary across the province.

Like Richmond, the cities of Surrey, Vancouver and Burnaby have all redacted candidates’ full addresses but left in the municipality, while other municipalities, such as, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley have included them in the online nomination papers posted to their respective municipal websites.

The City of Maple Ridge has chosen to redact the street address but leave in the postal code and municipality in the online nomination forms.

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