Vancouver’s historic mayoralty election happens in November.
Ken Sim, an Asian businessman, will be the first Asian to try to capture the mayor’s chair under the Non Partisan Association banner.
The NPA an old-fashioned long-time party on the city’s political scene surprised a lot of people when Sim got the nod to become its mayoralty candidate.
And if things turn out as most people expect – Ian Campbell, a native chief, will become the mayoralty candidate for Vision, the party that led city hall for 10 years under Gregor Robertson.
Vision will nominate its candidate on June 24.
The most surprising thing was the election of Sim to be the NPA candidate. The NPA long has been a dominant force in Vancouver civic politics until Robertson came along.
But the party had grown stale, archaic in its attitude and policies. It was the essence of an old-established Vancouver.
Visions Robertson represented the newer and more dynamic Vancouver that it had evolved into to. And with it came the younger, more socially conscious voters, whose roots in Vancouver were more of those of new arrivals.
But now after 10 long years it is not uncommon for voter fatigue to have set and the electorate wanting a change.
But no necessarily so.
Campbell should capture the attention and imagination of the younger electorate in Vancouver.
So in the final analysis it depends on who will win – depend which party will get the most voters out on election day, Saturday, October 20 for Vancouver’s historic mayoralty election.