Former Surrey Coun. Judy Higginbotham

Election 2014: Higginbotham eyeing Surrey mayor’s chair

City of Surrey: Former veteran city councillor says crime tops the list of concerns, followed by other quality-of-life issues.

Former veteran Surrey councillor Judy Higginbotham has her eyes on the mayor’s chair.

Higginbotham told The Leader Thursday she hasn’t made an official decision, but she’s seriously considering a run for the centre chair.

“If I did run (for council) I would want my voice heard,” Higginbotham said, adding the best way to accomplish that is to run for mayor.

She said there are a lot of “quality-of-life” issues that need to be dealt with in Surrey, such as public safety, transit and giving the community a voice.

On the crime front, Higginbotham would look at a two-tier system, where the RCMP would cover the high-level policing, and a city force would be the boots on the ground.

She also said there needs to be much more planning around youth and their needs, such as increased opportunities for recreation.

Higginbotham said she will decide on whether to make her bid official shortly, noting she has until Oct. 10 to make up her mind.

The civic election will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.

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