Steves declares 'retirement' from Richmond council in a tweet

Long-time Coun. Harold Steves will not be seeking re-election to Richmond council, according to a tweet he sent out on Saturday.

In a discussion about mega mansions in the Agricultural Land Reserve, Steves explained “the realtor farmers are waiting like vultures for the next election when I retire, leaving a vacancy, and voters forget to be vigilant.”

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Steves was first elected to council in 1969, but then served as an NDP MLA in the Dave Barrett government between 1972-75. During this time, he helped establish the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which is overseen by a land commission and regulates activities on any ALR land.

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He was re-elected to Richmond council in 1977.

Steves, whose family was one of the founding families of Richmond, has been a vocal advocate of farming and local food security. He and his wife run an 11-acre cattle farm in Steveston.

Steves is 83 years old.

The next municipal election is in 2022.

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