About the Candidate

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Dean Washington's Family
My name is Dean Washington and I am running in the November 19, 2011 election for a position on the Port Coquitlam City Council. I have lived all but a few of my 46 years in Port Coquitlam. I have been married to my wife Brenda for 24 years and we have raised our three daughters Megan, Riley and Courtney here. For the past 20 years I have owned and operated a local publishing company that produces automotive enthusiast magazines that are distributed across Canada.

Dean Washington Marathon
I am a volunteer in many areas of the community including serving as a committee member on the Downtown Business Improvement Assoc., Poco Minor Lacrosse Assoc. and Downtown Poco Car Show. My hobbies include playing the drums, golfing and distance running. I have completed several 21.1 km half marathons as well as the 42.2 km European Marathon in 2009 in support of the Arthritis Foundation where I raised $7,000 for that cause.


In the Community...

Dean at the PoCo Car Show
Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show
I am proud to serve as volunteer chairperson and lead organizer of the city`s largest event. As one of the co-founders seven years ago, it has been a real pleasure to watch this event grow from a parking lot show to the extravaganza it is today sporting over 500 cars and 50,000 spectators on the streets of downtown Port Coquitlam.


PoCo Saints
Port Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association
I have been involved in lacrosse since the age of seven. At fourteen I began coaching and currently I am a part of the coaching staff for the Female Junior team on which two of my daughters play. I have also been on the executive of Poco Minor Lacrosse for the past three years serving the first two in the capacity of Head Coach and this year I have moved into the position of Head of Promotions for the association.


Supporters...

Brian Madaski
“Having known Dean all his life, I know he will be a tremendous advocate for the taxpayers of Port Coquitlam”

Brian Madaski, Owner
Port Coquitlam Bowling Centre

 

Mike Farnworth, MLA
“As a lifetime resident of Port Coquitlam Dean has a long history of being involved in the community and business life of this city. He will make an excellent city councilor and has my full support”

Mike Farnworth, MLA
Port Coquitlam - Burke Mountain

 

Marilyn Sander
“I have known Dean for several years. He is a great supporter of our Community. Dean is a man of Integrity - honest and transparent”

Marilyn Sander
2010 Poco Volunteer of the Year Recipient - Arts, Heritage & Cultural Awareness

 

Bruce Richardson
“Dean is a small businessman that is very involved in the community coaching his daughters in lacrosse and organizing the Poco Car Show. In my opinion Dean would be a valuable asset to our City Council”

Bruce Richardson, Vice President
CUPE Local 561


Back to the Basics...

Over the past year I have spoken to hundreds of Poco residents asking what they expect for their tax dollar. Their overwhelming response was wanting to see city hall get “Back to the Basics” and provide the core services they desire. It was also made  very clear that this should be done within the confines of the current budget.

Here are the top responses from those citizens:

1. SPEND MORE ON THE ROADS

2. BUILD MORE RECREATION FACILITIES, FIELDS AND PARKS

3. CLEAN UP THE CITY AND MAKE IT SAFER

4. RETURN TO WEEKLY GARBAGE PICKUP

These are issues that I agree should be addressed at city hall. It’s time we return to providing the core services and infrastructure the citizens of Port Coquitlam expect from their tax dollars. Taxes are set to rise by as much as 5% per year for the next five years which means a potential increase of 25% with no major capital projects or increased services planned in this same time period. I intend to make sure these issues become high priority and the projects and services that matter most to the citizens of this city don’t fall on deaf ears. It is high time to remind city staff who their customers are...
The Citizens of Port Coquitlam!

If these issues are important to you please consider supporting me on November 19th, 2011.


Contact Dean Washington

Phone: 604.317.7045

Email: dean@deanwashington.ca
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