VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver’s ruling party has decided not to field a mayoral candidate in next month’s municipal election.
Friday’s announcement comes three days after Squamish Nation hereditary chief Ian Campbell, who was unanimously selected to run by Vision Vancouver last May, suddenly dropped out of the race.
The party has issued a statement saying “running another mayoral candidate at this late date creates too much risk that the NPA or one of the other right-wing parties would win.”
But this isn’t the end of it.
The party will now decide whether to formally endorse a mayoralty candidate, but hasn’t set a deadline.
It appears to be eyeing two independent candidates. Vision says “Vancouver residents are fortunate to have two other excellent candidates for mayor in Shauna Sylvester and Kennedy Stewart.”
The party has five people running for Council and three seeking seats on the Vancouver School Board.
Gregor Robertson was first elected as mayor under the Vision banner in 2008, but announced in January he would not run for re-election.
Voters across B.C. will elect their civic leaders for a four-year term on October 20.
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