Coquitlam Trustee Jennifer Blatherwick Seeks NDP Nomination

Coquitlam school trustee Jennifer Blatherwick announces her bid for the BC NDP nomination in Coquitlam-Maillardville. The nomination meeting is set for June 8, where Blatherwick hopes to become the NDP candidate for the October 2024 provincial election.

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Coquitlam Trustee Jennifer Blatherwick Seeks NDP Nomination

Coquitlam Trustee Jennifer Blatherwick Seeks NDP Nomination

Coquitlam school trustee Jennifer Blatherwick announced on May 9 that she is running for the BC NDP nomination in Coquitlam-Maillardville. Blatherwick, a two-term trustee and former executive director of ACCESS Youth Outreach Services, aims to replace incumbent Selina Robinson, who is not seeking re-election in the October 19, 2024 provincial election.

Why this matters: The outcome of this nomination process will have a significant impact on the political landscape of Coquitlam-Maillardville and potentially influence the outcome of the provincial election. As the BC NDP seeks to retain the seat and government, Blatherwick's candidacy reflects the party's focus on key issues such as education, healthcare, and affordability, which are crucial to the well-being of British Columbians.

The BC NDP nomination meeting for Coquitlam-Maillardville is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at the Centennial Pavilion in Coquitlam. If nominated, Blatherwick would be the NDP candidate in the riding for the upcoming provincial election.

As a school trustee, Blatherwick has focused on supporting young students with learning disabilities and advocating for more daycares and school spaces in Coquitlam. She is a mother of five and a resident of Maillardville. Blatherwick holds various community roles, including secretary of the Tri-Cities Pride Society and Metro branch of the BC School Trustees Association, board member of ACCESS, co-chair of the Tri-Cities Child Research Action Team, director of the Coquitlam Foundation, and member of the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Force. In 2018, she received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers in recognition of her community service.

In a statement, Blatherwick said, "I know first-hand how the BC NDP's investments in childcare, mental wellness and housing have helped many families in our community. I also know that there is much more work to do. If I have the opportunity to become the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville, I want to continue working to help people with costs, make sure we hire more doctors and build more schools." Seek

If nominated and elected, Blatherwick would bring her extensive experience in education, youth services, and community advocacy to the role of MLA. Her candidacy reflects the NDP's focus on supporting families, improving healthcare and education, and addressing affordability issues in Coquitlam-Maillardville and across British Columbia. The outcome of the June 8 nomination meeting will determine if Blatherwick becomes the NDPstandard-bearerin the battleground riding as the party seeks to retain the seat and government in the fall election.