At a glance
Langley is historically strong BC Liberal territory, with Mary Polak winning the seat in 2009 with 57 per cent of the vote. She's been Langley's MLA since 2005.
Polak will run again this election. BC Conservative leader John Cummins will fight to take away some Liberal votes as the party's candidate.
BC NDP candidate Andrew Mercier, who served as campaign manager for Langley federal NDP candidate Piotr Majkowski, will also vie for the district. Mercier is the NDP's youngest candidate this election. See a Tyee profile here. The BC Green candidate is Wally Martin.
The Tyee has identified Langley as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "This one features a battle on the right between provincial Conservative Party leader John Cummins and BC Liberal Transportation Minister Mary Polak. Cummins' natural political constituency is Delta, which he represented for many years federally. But Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington took that away, so Cummins switched to Langley, where he now resides, in his bid to become B.C.'s first Conservative MLA in over three decades. The New Democrats took 35 per cent of the vote here last time. It's a long-shot scenario, but an even vote split on the right could flip this traditional bastion of small-c conservatism to NDP candidate Andrew Mercier."
On May 7, Mary Polak's campaign manager, Todd Hauptman, quit, saying that while Polak had been personally supportive of his openly gay identity, she had failed to defend the gay community when questioned recently about the school board's $1.2 million legal fight over its ban on three books about same sex parents.
Did you know?
In 2009, BC Liberal Mary Polak won the district with a significant margin, but only three candidates ran that year. This election a Conservative will be thrown into the mix, with party leader John Cummins hoping to take away some of those traditionally Liberal votes.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Mary Polak BC Liberal||13282||56.6%||Kathleen Stephany BC NDP||8411||35.8%||Ron Abgrail BC Green||1793||7.6%|
2005 Winner: Mary Polak BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Lynn Stephens BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Langley
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||15%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||51%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||16%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Korean: 2%, Chinese (all): 1.8%, Spanish: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$70,893||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||75/25||70/30|