Incumbent city councillor Chak Au came out on top with the most votes in Saturday’s civic election.
Au, who ran with Richmond Citizen Coalition Association (RCCA), beat out RITE incumbent Carol Day for the top spot by a 778-vote difference with 16,515 votes.
Surrounded by jubilant supporters in his campaign office long after celebrations had concluded, Au told the Richmond News the top spot was “unexpected” and he was “excited and happy with the result.”
“I think the voters are putting their faith in trusting me, that I will be able to do a good job,” he said.
But his victory also came with regrets, as Au was once again the only RCCA candidate to be elected to city council.
“I’m so disappointed that I was unable to help some of my teammates to get elected,” said Au, adding that Rahim Othman and Sheldon Starrett both performed strongly despite their losses.
As he prepares for his fourth term on council, Au hopes to focus on tackling the cost of living and supporting the needs of young Richmondites.