Not really the Victoria area, but I got to know Richard when he was an MLA from 2001-2005. I have met many MLAs over the last 25 years but very few have been as on the ball about the job as Richard was. It was a bad night for BC when he lost in May 2005.
He has been on Coquitlam council for a term and is now running for mayor. I hope he wins. I plan on sending him a few $$$ since I can not campaign for him over there.
If you know anyone over in those parts, encourage them to vote for Richard, there are few people who will work as hard as he will for his community.