Propane cannon opponent Kevin Mitchell is running against incumbent Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.
Mitchell, a 54-year-old married father of three, recently fired off one of the bird scare devices outside a speech by Premier Christy Clark as part of a protest against the provincial government’s refusal to consider banning the devices.
In an interview with The Times on Monday, Mitchell said that while the cannon issue “was the impetus” behind his decision to run as an independent, he is more than a one-issue candidate.
Mitchell said his concerns also include dumping of landfill material and better management of development, matters the province, not the municipality have authority over.
As an independent, Mitchell said he will better represent the Township than an MLA like Coleman, who must follow his party policy.
“I think Mr. Coleman is doing what he is told,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s first public appearance as a candidate will be at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce all-candidates meeting on Tuesday (April 16) at the Summit Theatre of the Cascades Casino.