Chief Ian Campbell has announced he will be withdrawing from the Vancouver mayoral race.
“I’ve come to a very difficult decision that I want to share with people — a decision that may be a surprise to many. I am withdrawing my name from the race for Mayor of Vancouver.
With the deadline quickly approaching to formally enter the race, I’ve reflected on the political landscape and my complicated personal journey. When I put all these pieces together, it seems clear that the best choice is for me to withdraw as candidate for Mayor of Vancouver. I want to thank my family and supporters for standing beside me throughout this entire journey and effort.
This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly. I’m proud of the ideas I’ve brought to the table and the platform we’ve developed with our remarkable team of candidates and members. I know the talented, passionate and diverse group of Vision Vancouver candidates running for council, school board and park board will deliver on this bold agenda. Each one of them deserves your vote on October 20.
I remain committed to this beautiful city and I will continue to be actively involved in city-building and addressing the complicated issues facing our communities. I continue to believe that Vision Vancouver is the party where thoughtful, progressive and community-minded people come together to make our city a welcoming home for everyone. I am proud of the party, grateful for their support and I wish all Vision candidates well in the coming race.”
Campbell is one of 16 hereditary chiefs of the Squamish Nation and is currently in his second term as an elected councillor for the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council.
Campbell was nominated after Taleeb Noormohamed, an entrepreneur and former VANOC executive, dropped out of the nomination race due to a sudden serious health condition.
“We have accepted his decision and support his choice to not move forward,” Vision Vancouver co-chair Michael Haack said in a statement.
“The focus of Vision Vancouver will now be to support our talented candidates running for Council, School Board and Park Board. We have a strong platform to present to Vancouverites, we look forward to a robust and energetic campaign, and we will have more to say about the mayoral campaign in the coming days,” Haack said.
More to come…