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Laura Gillanders

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Community advocate known for helping to stop mega mansions on farmland.

Member and Chairperson of the Richmond Food Security and Agricultural Advisory Committee.

CFO and business owner.

Passionate about affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and mental health.

Laura Gillanders is a well-known advocate for saving farmland. She played a key leadership role in listening to the many Richmond residents concerned about food security and valuing their ideas and solutions. She championed their cause as the spokesperson for Richmond FarmWatch, the grassroots group that helped stop the proliferation of non-farming mega mansions on protected agricultural lands.

Laura has been a tireless volunteer for advancing community causes including housing for all and helping to save Richmond schools from closure.

As a chief financial officer for 15 years, over 20 years accounting in the local construction industry, and running her own small company, Laura understands businesses – large and small, and the impact they have on the local economy.  

Laura’s priorities are healthy, thriving communities through accessibility, affordable and market-rate housing, support for mental health, biodiversity, and economic policies that boldly address the climate crisis.  

She understands how to build community with constituents and explain to policy makers how their decisions affect working families and business.

Laura is running for Richmond City Council with RITE Richmond. Laura is known for her inclusive and collaborative decision-making process serving as chairperson of the City of Richmond Food Security and Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Reason for running

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Council hasn't been moving fast enough when it comes to zoning land for rental housing; continually approving the status quo of luxury condos and townhouses. We need to take bold action on housing and with my business experience, I can bring informed and sensible decision-making.