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Mary Zilba’s Son Cole Anderson Joins Politics!

Cole Anderson, the son of Real Housewives of Vancouver son Mary Zilba, is entering the world of politics. Anderson is representing the BC Liberals as the candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway.

Cole made the announcement via Twitter. “Excited & honoured to represent the @bcliberals as the candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway. I’m looking forward to getting in contact with our ridings constituents in the next 3 weeks to earn their votes! I plan on bringing a fresh approach and positive change to our riding,” he tweeted on October 4.

The Following Information is Courtesy via the BC Liberals Official Website

Cole Anderson, 26, offers experience, energy, and a fresh approach to Vancouver-Kingsway. He plans to focus on the recovery and enhancement of neighbourhood small businesses, improvement of healthcare delivery and community support for local families, mental health and addiction issues, in addition to health, safety, and security for the elderly population.

Since childhood, Cole has had a strong affiliation and passion for the Kingsway neighbourhood. His grandparent’s home was situated directly alongside Trout Lake, which gave him the opportunity to spend much of his childhood immersed in the community with his brothers.

After graduating from Vancouver College Catholic school in 2012, Cole began his political journey as an intern for the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York. He was humbled to have been selected as one of only 13 students for the assignment, chosen from thousands of applicants worldwide. During his time with President Clinton, Cole mainly focused on sustainable growth initiative and foreign policy.

After this formidable introductory experience, Cole earned a degree in Political Science and History from UCLA. While completing his degree in California, Cole became an intern and volunteer coordinator for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign at the Democratic headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The months Cole spent working on the campaign allowed him to learn from some of the most effective political and public service advisors in the world.

Professionally, Cole has worked in Vancouver’s financial district and for a local startup company. His hands-on experience in finance and small business equips him to play an active role in BC’s economic recovery as the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway.

Cole is proud to be a supporter of Tuberous Sclerosis Canada and The Epilepsy Foundation of Canada, inspired by his brother’s struggle with brain seizures as a child.

“Together, we can restore confidence and rebuild BC.” - Cole Anderson

Meanwhile, Mary took to Instagram to show her love and support to her son on his new career journey. 

“SO VERY PROUD OF MY SON @colebanderson who has been nominated by the @bcliberals for MLA in the Vancouver- Kingsway riding! His entire life he’s wanted to be in politics and he’s now decided to get his feet wet,” she wrote. “As his mother, I cannot say enough about his amazing leadership qualities, his kindness, personableness and strong convictions about making change in our government. He is bright, youthful and has a fresh approach to politics. Whichever your party affiliation, I’m just so elated to see Cole live out his dream and be a voice for this community. IF YOU LIVE OR HAVE A BUSINESS IN THE KINGSWAY AREA OR CAN HELP GET VOTES FOR COLE WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT it!!! ❤️💫”

She added, “Please scroll for his bio :) #proud #gocole #bcliberals @bcliberals #adriandix @globalnews @vancouvercollege @vcirish @uclaalumni #coleanderson.”

For more information about Cole's nomination, please visit BC Liberals or CLICK HERE!

Photo Credit: Mary Zilba/Instagram; BC Liberals