MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – We told you about some threats against the mayor of Maple Ridge last month that forced her to cut back on public appearances… but it looks like she may not be the only one being targeted in that area now.
Hundreds of flyers have surfaced, and this time includes a New Democratic Party candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
The anonymous flyers distributed early this week show half of NDP candidate Lisa Beare’s and half of Mayor Nicole Read’s faces… along with what’s being reported as some hateful messages.
Beare says, the handouts bothered her but they’re not going to stop her from continuing a positive campaign.
“I’m not going to let it slow me down, in fact it’s inspiring me to work even harder,” says Beare, who adds she’s received support from members of her community.
“You know this isn’t reflective of the values of people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and I’m really grateful for everyone that’s reached out to me and offered me support regardless of political stripe.”
Beare hasn’t spoken with police about the flyers but says they have been reported to Elections BC.
“They’re just full of lies, and full of falsehoods… which is very unfortunate,” says Beare.
“It’s a very volatile situation in our community right now. Our mayor is currently under RCMP watch, it’s very serious and disturbing… but I’m focusing on my campaign, and focusing on staying positive and we’re working harder than ever.”