Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman hoists up his grandsons at his “thank you picnic” in Aldergrove Kinsmen Park on May 7.
Several dozen people enjoyed the lunch and a chance to talk with Coleman and fellow MLA Darryl Plecas in the park which Coleman helped build almost 30 years ago when Coleman was president of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Club. Coleman also led the drive to build the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre and Library.
Coleman, who resided in Aldergrove for more than 30 years and raised his family here, has represented the riding and Aldergrove for 20 years, as of the date of next election.
Electoral boundary changes mean that the May 2017 election will see Aldergrove absorbed into Abbotsford South, currently represented by MLA Darryl Plecas.
Coleman said he hasn’t yet firmly decided whether he’ll run again in the 2017 election, but added that he has the support of the party and a large number of voters to stay on for another term.
He noted that a recent poll found that he has the support of more than 60 per cent of respondents, as well as name recognition exceeding 90 per cent in the area.
Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman, right, with Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas and Township Mayor Jack Froese at the picnic on May 7.