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Doug McCallum new Surrey mayor

Last Updated Oct 21, 2018 at 12:19 am PST

On Oct. 20, 2018, Doug McCallum was elected mayor of Surrey. (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A former mayor of Surrey once again finds himself leading the city after a decisive and somewhat unexpected victory.

Doug McCallum is back in municipal politics for the first time since 2005, when he lost to Dianne Watts.

“The people of Surrey have spoken,” he tells NEWS 1130.

He says he will follow through on his campaign promises, including creating Surrey’s own police force, as well as putting a temporary moratorium on pot shops and production.

He has also been outspoken against the proposed LRT proposing instead a SkyTrain line.

Addressing his supporters shortly after learning that he’d be returning to the mayor chair for the first time since 2005, McCallum said he’ll be keeping all his election promises.

“That means a new police force. It means SkyTrain. It means we’re going to pause development, do smart development. We’re going to work on getting a new hospital. And we’re going to make City Hall friendly.”

“No pot shops, until such time as we get our community feeling safer again,” he added.

He’ll have plenty of support to carry out his plans. His Safe Surrey Coalition won seven of eight seats on council.

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With files from Denise Wong and Estefania Duran