This riding includes all of northeast Abbotsford to the east of Highway 11 and Sumas Way and the north of Highway 1. It also includes the central and western portions of Mission. SEE MAP
Additions to the riding for 2017 include areas south of Old Yale Road and north of Highway 1, including much of the McMillan neighbourhood, along with areas to the east of Whatcom Road.
Abbotsford-Mission has half as many people over the age of 80 as other local ridings, but many more people between the ages of 40 and 60. Around two-thirds live in detached homes, a much higher ratio than the two other ridings.
BC Liberal Simon Gibson won handily in 2013 with just over half the vote. Conservative Don Stahl claimed 9.5 per cent of ballots, with Green Aird Flavelle finishing third, at nine per cent.
Incumbent Simon Gibson of the BC Liberals served on Abbotsford council for more than three decades before being elected to the legislature in 2013. He was also an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and Trinity Western University. His campaign has focused on financial stewardship.
The NDP’s Andrew Christie lives in Vancouver and previously worked as a chef and community food advocate. He hasn’t run for office before. He has focused on education and health care. Work has limited his campaigning in Abbotsford. He didn’t participate in an all-candidates meeting Tuesday, and his campaign hasn’t indicated whether he’ll be appearing at another meeting on Thursday.
Green Party candidate Jennifer Holmes works as a patient transfer driver. Holmes did not respond to The News’ electoral questionnaire or invitation for an on-camera interview. She did participate in an all-candidates meeting Tuesday.
Christian Heritage Party candidate Dan Cameron is a community support worker. He hasn’t run for office before. He says the biggest issue facing British Columbia is LGBT educational material in schools.
Watch abbynews.com for coverage of Thursday’s all-candidates meeting.
Related: See what candidates from the three local ridings said about affordable housing, campaign financing, the overdose crisis, paying for their promises, and the widening of Highway 1 and transit links to Vancouver.