NDP name young candidate in Richmond North Centre

Jaeden Dela Torre is the NDP candidate for Richmond North Centre, a seat currently held by BC Liberal Teresa Wat.

Dela Torre, who is 19 years old, ran in the federal election last November in Steveston-Richmond East and placed third, capturing 15 per cent of the vote in that riding.

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Dela Torre graduated from Steveston-London secondary in 2018. He has been involved in youth initiatives including advocating for social housing and encouraging young people to vote.

Dela Torre’s top priorities in the provincial election are the environment, sustainability, reducing income inequality, housing affordability and supporting students to get post-secondary education, according to an NDP press release.

Wat is a two-term incumbent in the riding. She beat the NDP candidate Lyren Chiu in the 2017 election by 2,781 votes.

The provincial election date is set for Oct. 24.

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