It appears Jack Hundial is leaving Surrey politics for a run at a city council seat in Penticton.
The first-term councillor in Surrey posted the news to Facebook on Wednesday (Aug. 30), with a photo of him signing nomination papers in the Okanagan city.
In mid-August, Hundial said he wouldn’t be running for re-election in Surrey this October, after aligning himself with Brenda Locke’s Surrey Connect slate in recent years.
Four years ago, in 2018, Hundial was elected in a council sweep by the Safe Surrey Coalition led by Mayor Doug McCallum, but split from the SCC in July 2019 following a war of words over the city’s policing transition.
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Hundial, who retired from the RCMP after 25 years, works for BC Hydro as an investigator for electrical thefts, and also with Fortis BC, covering a territory that is mainly in the Okanagan.
In August, Hundial said that his wife and daughter have been living in the Okanagan for the last year and a half, and decided to move there.
“My commitment to public service goes back over 30 years,” he posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “Over those years, I have developed the experience, insight and work ethic to consistently find ways to improve the community I live in. As Penticton grows into a world class city, we need to have an experienced and diverse Council that is willing to take on the challenges ahead while holding onto strong community values.”