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Richmond's 13-year mayor Malcolm Brodie faces new challenger Richard Lee

11/15/2014 08:00 EST | Updated 01/15/2015 05:59 EST

Richmond voters will go to the polls today, in a city which has had only three mayors since 1974.

Contender Richard Lee is seeking to become the first Asian mayor in the city and wants to unseat incumbent Malcolm Brodie who has held the top job for the last 13 years.

Brodie has cruised to victory in recent campaigns and won by a more than two-to-one margin over Lee in 2011. 

But Lee was running as an independent back then, and this time has formed his own political slate.

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Meanwhile, as voters go to the polls today, Richmond isn't the only vote worth watching in the Lower Mainland.

Coquitlam

Lou Sekora held Coquitlam’s top job from 1983 to 1997 before leaving to run federally. Now, at 82 years old, he promises he still has the energy to be the mayor over incumbent Richard Stewart, who is seeking a third term.

Sekora has been on council since 2005, and Stewart notes Sekora is often the lone dissenting voice on important votes. Sekora is campaigning on cutting spending, Stewart on maintaining services.

New Westminster

Wayne Wright has been mayor since 2002, in a city not noted for scandal, or political back-biting. His competitor is Jonathan Cote, who may be half his age, but is already a council veteran.

Cote has secured the support of all four incumbent councillors, and the New Westminster Labour council. Wright is framing himself as an underdog, taking on a "machine" – big labour.

The backdrop for this election is once again, frustration over traffic congestion, but also the transformation of the downtown core as New West continues to attract young people and families priced out of Vancouver, or seeking a quieter lifestyle.

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