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Dao Tran declares for Abbotsford byelection

Abby Bike Shop owner announces his bid for vacant councillor seat

The owner of the Abby Bike Shop is the third person to declare for the upcoming Abbotsford city council byelection.

Dao Tran announced his intention to enter the race on Tuesday night.

Tran entered the political fray for the first time in the 2018 Abbotsford municipal election, finishing 14th place and collecting 5,394 votes.

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He has lived in Abbotsford for 35 years and arrived in Canada at the age of 21. Prior to coming to Canada he had been living in a Hong Kong refugee camp after escaping communist Vietnam.

Tran spent 32 years working for The Bike Shop on Ware Street before owner Ralph Bergen retired. Tran then opened his own business on Gladwin Road.

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He noted that he has considerable experience volunteering with local organizations and groups, including John Maclure Elementary, Ride to Work Week, Canada Day, Earth Day, Remembrance Day, Abbotsford Agrifair, Berryfest, school cross walk groups, extreme Weather shelter, the breakfast club, the Salvation Army, Clearbrook village and Abbotsford Christian School.

He made headlines last May after donating $10,000 to the Salvation Army.

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In 2017, Tran participated in a local high school Art Activism project that told the stories of refugees who had come to Canada.

He also received the Golden Sprocket award in 2018 during Bike to Work Week for his volunteerism.

Tran joins Dave Sidhu and Trevor Eros, who both declared earlier this week.

Details on the date of the byelection have not yet been released.

Ben Lypka

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