The president of the Langley Teachers Association wants to represent the NDP in Victoria.
Gail Chaddock-Costello announced on July 23 that she will seek the nomination for the party in the Fort Langley-Aldergrove. The seat is currently held for the Liberals by Rich Coleman.
A resident of Fort Langley since 1995, Chaddock-Costello joined the Langley School District in 1999.
She is married to a fellow educator, George Costello. They run the Cranberry Country Bed and Breakfast in Fort Langley.
She has been active in the BCTF and the LTA.
In 2009, Chaddock-Costello run for the NDP, finishing second behind Coleman.
“I have always been a NDP supporter, and I have remained on the NDP executive since 2009, attending the National NDP
Conference in Halifax in 2010, the Provincial Conference in 2011 and numerous regional and local meetings and events,” she said.
When she ran in 2009, she pledged that if the NDP formed the next government she would make poverty and homelessness front and centre as an MLA.
She said at the time that she was shocked at the high number of children living in “appalling” conditions.
As a long-time teacher in the Langley School District, Chaddock-Costello knows there are poor children, children who come to school hungry and who don’t have clothing appropriate for the weather. The same children who miss field trips and book sales because their parents can’t afford extras.
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