Paul Redekopp

Redekopp running for Abbotsford council

Former Restore GM finished 11th in 2014 municipal vote

Paul Redekopp, the former general manager of two Upper Fraser Valley Restore locations, has announced he is running for council.

Redekopp said in a press release that “our current council under Mayor Braun has done a great job over the past four years, and I want to add to their successes.

Redekopp said his experience in the non-profit sector both at the Restores and as a director on local boards, will help him provide a new perspective to council.

He said the city must work to reduce crime and provide more available affordable housing. He suggested the development of a “Fraser Valley Housing Initiatives, that would bring local municipalities, contractors and non-profits together.

“Abbotsford, by nature, is a hospitable, generous city, where we need to welcome investors so we can become the most desirable place in B.C. to start a business, raise a family and retire,” he said in his release.

Redekopp ran for office in 2014, finishing 11th of 30 candidates with 8,597 votes – about 1,000 shy of what was needed to earn a seat on council. He also unsuccessfully ran provincially in the 2013 election for the B.C. Conservatives.

In June, Redekopp sued his former employer, Habitat for Humanity, for wrongful dismissal and alleged he has not been paid money he is owed. The claims were denied by Habitat for Humanity. The lawsuit came soon after a similar lawsuit was filed by the former CEO of the branch.

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