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BC voters sent the Campbell Liberals a message that their privatization agenda will not go unopposed when they elected new mayors, councillors, school and park board members November 16.

In Vancouver, the highest turnout in more than a decade elected a Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) sweep of council, school board and parks board.

Province-wide, CUPE members endorsed 188 candidates for council and regional districts and 80 for school board. Counts as of November 18 have 86 elected for councils and 45 for school boards.

CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Colleen Jordan was one of seven Burnaby Citizens candidates to win a council seat in Burnaby, joining new mayor Derek Corrigan in a near sweep of the Burnaby seats. As well, CUPE staffer Kathy Corrigan topped the polls for school trustees in Burnaby.

CUPE-endorsed candidates in New Westminster all won school board seats and elected two city councillors. CUPE BC staffer Lori Watt won a school board seat her first time out. And CUPE 23 member James Janzen was returned to school board after a three-year absence.

In Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody, labour-endorsed candidates took a majority on the councils.

Rick Korens, president of CUPE Kootenay District Council was elected mayor of Salmo.

CUPE 379 president Terry Allen won a seat on the ultra-conservative Surrey school board.

Prince George elected four out of eight endorsed candidates for council and CUPE 399 member Carlene Keddie was elected to school board.

In Alert Bay, a small community on Vancouver Island, CUPE BC regional vice-president CW Peterson won a seat on city council.

CUPE members throughout BC put a lot of hard work into this election. They were driven by their desire to protect their communities from cutbacks, downloading and privatization threats from the Campbell Liberals.

Congratulations to all the candidates who ran good races, and win or lose, stood up for their communities.