Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has announced she will be running for the NDP in the riding of Abbotsford-Mission in the provincial election. / File Photo

Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has announced she will be running for the NDP in the riding of Abbotsford-Mission in the provincial election. / File Photo

Mission Mayor Pam Alexis to run for the NDP

Will take on Liberal Simon Gibson in the Abbotsford-Mission riding

Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has announced she will be running in the upcoming provincial election as the BC NDP candidate for Abbotsford-Mission.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a council and the work I’ve done so far as mayor of Mission, including working closely with the City of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley Regional District,” said Alexis. “When Premier John Horgan asked me to run, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I know exactly what the region’s needs are and I know I can advocate for our area in a greater capacity as MLA.”

A press release, sent to the Mission Record calls Alexis a “champion of local business and volunteerism.” The long-time public servant is excited to join Team Horgan and “raise the profile of issues facing Abbotsford-Mission.”

According to Alexis, this election is about who will look out for everyday people and support British Columbians through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in unprecedented times with a lot of uncertainties about the future. Our lives have been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Alexis said.

“I have been both impressed and inspired by John Horgan’s leadership, especially throughout the pandemic. He has shown integrity, courage and a willingness to let public health experts take the lead in keeping us safe.”

Alexis began her career in public service as a school trustee, serving two terms before being elected to Mission’s municipal council in 2014.

“As a councillor, she quickly earned a reputation for her tireless work ethic and ability to work collaboratively,” the press release states, adding she has developed “an excellent working relationship with the city of Abbotsford during her six years on the Joint Services Committee, working on shared issues like water, sewer and transit.”

Working on the Fraser Valley Regional District executive committee since 2014 has also given her a greater understanding of the issues facing Abbotsford and residents east of Mission.

Alexis was also the vice president for the BC Winter Games from 2012-2015 before becoming mayor in 2018.

Shortly after the announcement was made, the District of Mission released a statement on its website.

“Effective immediately, Mayor Pamela Alexis will be taking a leave of absence from the District to run for the BC NDP in the Abbotsford-Mission riding in the upcoming provincial election to be held October 24.

“During the absence Mission will revert to its Acting Mayor schedule where one of the existing councillors acts as Mayor one month at a time.

Should there be a need for a by-election(s), the District expects to receive direction from Elections BC over the coming months and will share details of the process with the public as it becomes known.”