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City of Vancouver elects independent candidate Kennedy Stewart

Last Updated Oct 21, 2018 at 1:19 am PDT

FILE - Vancouver City Hall (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It was a nail-biting night for Vancouver as the lead continue to flip between Independent candidate Kennedy Stewart and NPA candidate Ken Sim.

But in the end, Kennedy Stewart was elected as Vancouver’s new mayor, winning by a slim margin of fewer than 1,000 votes.

“I want to thank my amazing staff, my amazing campaign team,” Stewart told a crowded room. “But most importantly I want to thank the love of my love.”

Stewart has become the first independent in three decades to be elected to the mayor’s seat in Vancouver.

“So this whole campaign we’ve been talking about the challenges facing this city, the opioid crisis and homelessness, congestion and the lack of transit options, out small businesses and how they’re struggling and the lack of support for arts and culture,” he said. “But most importantly, we’ve talked about our housing affordability crisis, so today the people of Vancouver voted to take action on these challenges.”

A total of 21 people ran to replace incumbent Gregor Robertson.

“It was a very unprecedented election and we’ve consulted with our advisors and our team and they mentioned that there are still ballots to be counted,” Sim said, noting he is not yet conceding to the results.

Sim admitted the election was difficult for his family but thanked them for their support.

He also said that despite the loss, his party has a lot to celebrate for, including five NPA councillors being elected.

It was also quite a race for city council with 71 candidates trying to fill 10 spots.

Elected Councillors:

  • Adriane Carr (Green)
  • Pete Fry (Green)
  • Melissa De Genova (NPA)
  • Jean Swanson (COPE)
  • Colleen Hardwick (NPA)
  • Michael Wiebe (Green)
  • Christine Boyle (OneCity)
  • Lisa Dominato (NPA)
  • Rebecca Bligh (NPA)
  • Sarah Kirby-Yung (NPA)

 

Women now make the majority of council with eight out of the 10 spots.

“We got seven women elected to council, that’s amazing,” Stewart said.

Read more about some of the city’s main issues. 

Elected School Board:

  • Janet Fraser (Green)
  • Estrellita Gonzalez (Green)
  • Jennifer Reddy (OneCity)
  • Oliver Hanson (NPA)
  • Fraser Ballantyne (NPA)
  • Carmen Cho (NPA)
  • Lois Chan-Pedley (Green)
  • Barb Parrott (COPE)
  • Allan Wong (Vision Vancouver)

 

Elected Park Board:

  • Stuart MacKinnon (Green)
  • Dave Demers (Green)
  • Camil Dumont (Green)
  • John Coupar (NPA)
  • Tricia Barker (NPA)
  • Gwen Giesbrecht (COPE)
  • John Irwin (COPE)