Andy Hobbs, retired Vancouver police superintendent and former school trustee, plans to run for the recently vacated council seat.
With a by-election looming – most likely in late spring – to fill the seat after Kelly Greene was elected to the provincial legislature, Hobbs’ announcement follows a similar announcement last week by Ken Hamaguchi, current school trustee.
Hobbs served for 35 years with the VPD and spent two terms on the Richmond Board of Education.
He grew up in Richmond, graduated from Richmond Secondary before attending UBC.
Hobbs is currently the chair of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society and served on the boards of Tourism Richmond and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue in Steveston.
In his announcement, Hobbs said he’s “excited for the opportunity to earn the trust and support of fellow Richmondites.”
“I have championed many community causes over the years and I plan to present my vision in the coming weeks and months that will make life better for the residents of Richmond,” he added.
Hobbs said he wants to bring “forward-looking policies” to city hall as Richmond recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic to “build a stronger, more inclusive, and sustainable city for the future.”