VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver voters will see 158 names on their civic election ballots on Saturday.
A couple of names stand out. Rollergirl. Spike. Mrs. Doubtfire.
Rollergirl is running for mayor. You may have noticed her on her roller blades, directing and dodging traffic, while swaying to tunes on her headphones.
She says housing is top of mind for her.
“The solution for that is to build buildings that wouldn’t higher than five levels. On top of them, there should be greenhouses,” she tells NEWS 1130.
She made the news three years ago, winning a $15,000 settlement, after the BC Human Rights Tribunal ruled Vancouver police had not treated her as a transgender woman and had prevented her from getting medical treatment while in custody.
She says she’s “totally against the SkyTrain because it’s going to cost $3 billion.” She’s likely referring to the Millennium extension to Arbutus, which is estimated to cost about $2.83 billion.
Spike, who is running for council, was initially difficult to reach because the phone number indicated on his profile was incorrect. But he eventually responded to a request for an interview.
He is recovering from an injury and says he’s clawing his way out of poverty. He believes the opioid crisis is the top issue.
“I think there needs to be as many options as possible for people using drugs. It’s reaching deeper into society than anyone is willing to talk about,” he says.
“There needs to be vast improvement on the number of traditional recovery beds, because there aren’t enough of them.”
Another unusual candidate for mayor is Sophia Cherryes Kaur Kaiser, whose profile picture highlights bare breasts, Barbie and an owl.
Kaiser’s platform is a rambling one, with no sentences, plenty of slashes and capital letters.
Here’s a sample:
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He did not respond to request for an interview.
As for Mrs. Doubtfire running for Vancouver school board trustee – the profile contains no picture, no bio, no platform, and no contact.