Jack Hundial steps down from Surrey mayor’s campaign

One of Surrey’s incumbent councilors is stepping down from the upcoming mayoral race.

Jack Hundial announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from the board race, due to a transfer to the Okanagan with his other work as an investigator for FortisBC.

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His wife was also facing a similar move with her job, he said.

“It was a really, really tough decision,” he told Global News.

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Hundial was elected in 2018 as part of Mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey coalition, but split from the party in 2019 following the city’s switch from the RCMP to its own Surrey Police Service.

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In his four years on the board, the former RCMP officer he said he was most proud of spearheading the establishment of an office of the Surrey Ethics Commissioner .

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“I will continue to advocate for this at UBCM at the provincial level,” he said.

Hundial and Surrey mayoral candidate Brenda Locke, another former member of the Safe Surrey Coalition, have formed the new Surrey Connect party, which is challenging McCallum in the October 15 vote.

Despite moving to the Okanagan, Hundial said he would remain a trustee of the new party and continue to support it through the campaign trail.

With files from Janet Brown

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