Vision Vancouver to vote on nomination for 2018 mayoral campaign

May 4 2018, 11:10 pm

Vision Vancouver has announced that it will reopen its nomination process for the 2018 mayoral campaign.

“After receiving multiple expressions of interest from potential candidates for mayor, Vision Vancouver announced today that it will open nominations for a Vision Vancouver candidate for mayor in the upcoming 2018 municipal election,” said the party in a release.

In early April, Vision Vancouver appeared to be struggling to find a suitable candidate to run in the upcoming municipal election, which will take place on October 20.

But today, Vision Vancouver Co-Chair Michael Haack clarified that the party will open the nomination process.

“Vancouver is at a critical moment, and the out-of-touch NPA are gearing up to take Vancouver in the wrong direction, whether it’s cancelling the empty homes tax or ripping out bike lanes,” said Haack.

“Based on the level of interest from candidates committed to Vision Vancouver, our members, and our principles, now is the right time for Vision to open the formal nomination process for a Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate.”

Vision Vancouver will hold a nomination vote for the mayoral candidate on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

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.

On the NPA side, new city councillor Hector Bremner and park board commissioner John Coupar are the major candidates running for their party’s nomination.

With files from Kenneth Chan 

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