Vision Vancouver, the civic party what has dominated the city council chamber for the last decade, will not run a mayoral candidate in the Oct. 20 municipal election.

Vision made the announcement Friday, the final day for candidates to submit their nomination forms and four days after its mayoral candidate Ian Campbell decided against entering the race.

“After considering all the options, and listening carefully to party members and progressive voters, Vision Vancouver has decided we will not field a mayoral candidate. This was a difficult decision, because we believe our chances would have been very good, but we believe this decision is the right decision for our city,” said Ange Valentini, Vision’s executive director.

Campbell was acclaimed by Vision as the party’s mayoral candidate — and the man to replace out-going three-term Vision mayor Gregor Robertson — in June, but stepped aside Monday for unspecified reasons.

Another potential candidate, three-term Vision councillor Andrea Reimer, announced Friday morning that she would not be seeking the city’s top job after telling Postmedia earlier this week she was mulling a mayoral bid.

Vision candidate Ian Campbell withdraws from race for mayor of VancouverAndrea Reimer not running for Vancouver mayor

Valentini says the party will now undertake a process of deciding to formally endorse a mayoral candidate, likely either soon-to-be former Burnaby South NDP MP Kennedy Stewart or former Vision board member Shauna Sylvester, who are both running as independents.

“Vision will be looking closely at their full platforms as they are released, as well as their ability to beat Ken Sim and the NPA and the other right-wing parties, and we will make our decision on whether to endorse Kennedy Stewart or Shauna Sylvester for mayor closer to the election,” she said.

Four-term councillor Heather Deal leads the five-candidate Vision slate for council which also includes Diego …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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