New president of AbbotsfordFirst named

Community organizer with past ties to BC Liberal Party takes over for Markus Delves

Local community organizer Marion Keys is the new president of local political organization AbbotsfordFirst.

Keys was chosen to replace outgoing president Markus Delves at the group’s recent annual general meeting. Delves, who had been president since the fall of 2017, resigned from the group to pursue the BC Liberal nomination in Abbotsford South.

Keys sits on the board of the Maplewood Care Society and is an organizer for the Holmberg Memorial Golf Classic on behalf of the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

“AbbotsfordFirst provides the opportunity for local residents to be involved in the process of government in a positive way and provides support for council candidates from diverse backgrounds to work together to better our community,” said Keys in a press release. “My family has been in Abbotsford for a long time and I have seen our community grow. I want this growth to continue along positive and inclusive lines and I will continue to work hard with AbbotsfordFirst to make that happen.”

Keys has a long background in the political realm, having previously worked on campaigns alongside with Dave Holmberg. Keys was long affiliated with the BC Liberals but says she no longer does work for the party.

AbbotsfordFirst has had four council members serving under its banner since 2015.

The group says they nominate candidates that reflect their good-government objectives, but don’t set policy or tell candidates how to vote. AbbotsfordFirst’s elected councillors – Couns. Kelly Chahal, Ross Siemens, Sandy Blue and Brenda Falk – have been consistently supportive of the direction of the city under Mayor Henry Braun, who is not a member.

Council votes are almost always unanimous, but in the the last term AbbotsfordFirst’s four councillors were among the least likely to stray from the general consensus, an analysis by The News showed last year. But AbbotsfordFirst councillors have occasionally voted contrary to one another, including earlier this month when they were split on the wording that should be included in a resolution asking for the widening of Highway 1.

RELATED: United they vote: Abbotsford council votes are consistently unanimous

RELATED: Candidates reflect on election wins – and losses


@ty_olsen
tolsen@abbynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Abbotsford police cruiser t-bones civilian vehicle en route to emergency call

South Fraser Way and Gladwin blocked off as police conduct investigation

Trail-cam thief unaware of being on camera

Anyone recognizing the thief urged to contact Abbotsford Police Department

Sumas Mountain vs. Fishtrap; Rd 3 voting opens in best-park bracket

Voting continues in ongoing bracket to determine Abbotsford’s favourite park

Matsqui Trail vs. Bateman/Stoney Crk; Rd 3 voting opens in best-park bracket

Voting continues in ongoing bracket to determine Abbotsford’s favourite park

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and stand-up guy at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Most Read