The Richmond Independent Team of Electors (RITE) was formed by long time Richmond School Board trustees to have an independent voice on the Richmond School Board.
The Beginnings Of RITE
Trustee Sue Halsey Brandt was elected to the Richmond School Board, eventually became a Richmond City Councilor until her retirement.
Sandra Bourque was elected to the Richmond School Board and was the board chair for many years until her retirement .
Chak Au was a School Trustee for many years and became a Richmond City Councilor and resigned from RITE in 2014.
Otto Langer a long time supporter helped to make the new party a success in their first election they managed to elect a majority of trustees and worked hard to hear the parents, teachers, students and staff to make wise decisions and over a decade.
Sue Halsey Brandt made a decision to run for Richmond City council and RITE grew to both School board and City Council candidates. As RITE grew it attracted more candidates and ran slates of up to 8 candidates.
RITE’s Variety Of Voices
The RITE Team was always about freedom of choice and it was not unusual for team members to vote on opposite sides of any given issue. The mandate for each elected RITE member has always been to vote your heart after researching issues with the public.
In 2011, Richmond Independent Team of Electors became a leaner RITE and once again all candidates were selected because of their commitment to run as independent candidates and to never allow special interest groups to control the group.
RITE Richmond’s Commitment To Ethics
Financially, RITE has always maintained a strict code of ethics and has not accepted large donations from corporations. RITE has maintained the ability to be the ” Voice of the People” even though that has required running lean and thrifty campaigns. The RITE team has always been proud to have achieved good results even though opposing electoral groups often spend over 10 times the funds on their campaigns
RITE Richmond’s 2018 success
Carol Day was re-elected to Richmond City Council. Michael Wolfe was elected in 2018. Henry Yao was just elected in 2020 provincial election.