It appears Vision Vancouver is having difficulty with finding a suitable mayoral candidate.
Instead, the governing party is “creating an opportunity to collaborate with other parties for an independent or partisan mayoral candidate to seek the support of our members,” says Vision Vancouver co-chair Sheena Sargeant.
It is all part of an apparent strategy to unify the left against the Non-Partisan Association’s (NPA) new momentum.
“There has been a lot of talk about the need for Vancouver’s progressive parties to work together to keep the NPA out of office. With this in mind, we’re creating an opportunity to collaborate with other parties for an independent or partisan mayoral candidate to seek the support of our members,” said Sargeant.
But the nomination process continues for the party’s attempt to fill city councillor, park board, and school board seats.
Gregor Robertson, who has held the mayor’s seat since 2008, announced in January he will not pursue a fourth term. Longtime Vision Vancouver city councillors Kerry Jang, Tim Stevenson, and Andrea Reimer are also not running again; only Raymond Louie and Heather Deal intend to seek another term.
The municipal election takes place on October 20.