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Doug McCallum Bio
|Doug McCallum was born in Vancouver, Canada. He is the current mayor of Surrey, British Columbia. McCallum was first elected to a seat on Surrey City Council in 1993. During this term, he served as Chair of the Finance Committee and sat as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Library Board. He was re-elected in 2018 as Mayor of Surrey after previous Mayor Linda Hepner said that she wouldn’t seek re-election.|
|Doug McCallum Personal details|
|Doug McCallum Age||19th April 1944 (age 74 as of 2018)|
|Doug McCallum Wife||Donna VanSant|
|Doug McCallum Children||3 Children|
|Doug McCallum Profession||Business consultant|
|Doug McCallum Political party||Safe Surrey Coalition|
|Doug McCallum Residence||Surrey, British Columbia|
|Doug McCallum Net Worth||$ 1.8 Million as of 2018|
|37th Mayor of Surrey, British Columbia|
October 20, 2018
|Preceded by||Linda Hepner|
|In office 1996–2005|
|Preceded by||Bob Bose|
|Succeeded by||Dianne Watts|
Doug McCallum Career out of Politics
During the time that McCallum has been out of politics, he has honed his skills as a director of the Law Foundation and by helping non-profits and special agencies throughout British Columbia., including Vancouver’s First United Church on the Downtown Eastside, deal with financial problems.
McCallum’s wife is Donna VanSant and has three children.
Doug McCallum Mayor of Surrey, British Columbia
Doug McCallum was elected mayor in the 1996 election. He is viewed as being pro-business and development, enhancing public safety, and providing a zero property tax increase. He won re-election as Surrey’s mayor in the 1999 and 2002 municipal elections.
McCallum ran again for a fourth term in the 2005 municipal elections but was soundly defeated by a new rival, Dianne Watts, a former fellow member of his party, the Surrey Electors Team.
McCallum then sought the Conservative Party nomination for the 2006 Canadian election in the riding on Newton—North Delta, after the incumbent Gurmant Grewal stepped down. McCallum missed the deadline and instead the Conservatives chose Phil Eidsvik.
In 2010, McCallum was hired as CEO of Harness Racing of B. C.
After Watts announced she would not seek re-election in 2014, McCallum announced his intention to run for the position in the November 2014 election. Part of his Safe Surrey Coalition campaign included resistance to the city’s renovating Newton Athletic Park to recruit the USL Pro team of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Doug McCallum Re-Election
In 2018, McCallum sought to get elected after previous Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said that she wouldn’t seek re-election and appointed at the time City Councillor Tom Gill to run the Surrey First slate. McCallum had 37,700 votes as of 9:59 p.m. 20th October 2018 handily defeating Surrey First’s Tom Gill with 24,244 votes and Integrity Now’s Bruce Hayne with 23,652.
In McCallum’s Manifesto for his Safe Surrey Coalition slate, he pledged to replace Surrey’s controversial planned Light Rail Transit system with an expanded Skytrain network that would be connected to Vancouver BC and the rest of the lower mainland. He also argues that Surrey’s RCMP operated by the Canadian Federal government is ineffective at combatting crime, especially the growing gang problem. His promise is that he plans to create a new “Surrey Police Force” which would operate off of pre-existing equipment and facilities.
Doug McCallum, Surrey’s new mayor, speaks to a lively crowd at Mirage banquet hall.
Posted by Surrey Now-Leader Newspaper on Saturday, October 20, 2018