Mary Polak opened her campaign office in Langley City at Suite 100, 20329 Logan Ave. on Saturday morning with a comment that there is a lesson to be learned from the results of the U.S. election.
“If we have learned anything from what happened to the south of us (it is that) campaigns matter.” Polak said.
“In no way, can we take this election for granted.”
Polak noted the May 9 election was 108 days away.
“The work starts today, and as we get closer and closer to the election, there will be a lot of it.”
Polak, the minister of the environment, has represented Langley since 2005.
Among those who attended the ribbon cutting were Langley City mayor Ted Schaffer and Township mayor Jack Froese, along with retiring Surrey-White Rock Liberal MLA Gordon Hogg and Surrey-Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux, the minister of Children and Family Development.
Polak introduced her campaign co-chairs, Manjit Gill and George Miller.
Gill and her husband Darcy are the owners of Cloverdale Fuel Ltd. as well as Darman Recycling.
Miller is a former RCAF pilot who managed the Langley Regional Airport for 21 years.
Polak will be facing a challenge from Gail Chaddock-Costello, who was acclaimed as the NDP candidate on Jan. 15.
A Fort Langley resident, Chaddock-Costello is a former president of the Langley Teachers Association who previously ran against Liberal MLA Rich Coleman in 2009.