After suffering a huge electoral blow four years ago, the Vision Vancouver party reboot hopes to regain ground in the 2022 municipal elections in all three elected bodies of local government.
The party confirmed a total of 11 candidates over the past weekend, including four candidates for Vancouver City Council, five candidates for the Vancouver School Board and two candidates for Vancouver Park Council. However, the party will not make a nomination to run for mayor.
“VisionVancouver’s strength has always been in the broad coalition of people who come together to elect candidates who reflect the diversity of our city and who want to improve the lives of people in every neighborhood,” said Aaron Leung, the 2014 City of Vancouver Greenest City Leadership Award recipient and one of Vision’s nominees for school board.
“The nomination process has energized our network of supporters and volunteers and we are excited to reach out across the city to hear people’s ideas and share our vision.”
In the 2018 municipal elections, Vision was only able to win one seat, with Allan Wong narrowly winning the ninth and final school board trustee seat – just 670 votes ahead of Diana Day of COPE.
Wong was first elected to the school board in 1999 and has been re-elected in each subsequent election. He will run again this year.
Other incumbent candidates vying for Vision include Stuart Mackinnon and John Irwin.
Until late last month, Mackinnon represented the Green Party in his role as park board commissioner. He will represent Vision for the remainder of his term on the park’s board, while also pursuing a seat on city council in the next election.
Irwin previously represented COPE until mid-March. He is running again for the park council.
In addition to Mackinnon, Vision city council candidates include Iranian family physician and recent immigrant Honieh Barzegari, public relations expert Lesli Boldt and former BC Non-Profit Housing Association CEO Kishone Roy.
For the park’s board, Irwin is joined by Strathcona Community Garden president Carla Frenkel.
And for the school board, other than Leung and Wong, Vision candidates include Kwantlen Polytechnic University student vice president Steve Cardwell, SFU administrator Kera McArthur and attorney Hilary Thomson.
The municipal election is scheduled for October 15, 2022.