Imaginative and prescient Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer is reconsidering retirement and can determine by Friday whether or not she needs to grow to be the social gathering’s mayoral candidate.
In a short e mail Tuesday to the Courier, Reimer mentioned she is critically contemplating a run for mayor with Imaginative and prescient now that Ian Campbell is not within the place.
“Within the final 18 hours I’ve had numerous buddies and colleagues contact me and urge me to rethink my resolution and grow to be Imaginative and prescient’s nominee for mayor,” she wrote. “I owe it to them and town and agenda I’ve labored exhausting [on] for nearly 20 years now to noticeably contemplate. In order that’s what I’m doing.”
Campbell shocked many Vancouverites, together with his personal social gathering govt and candidates, when he introduced Monday that he was withdrawing from the race to grow to be mayor.
The Squamish Nation member, who’s a hereditary chief, made his resolution after reflecting on the “political panorama and my difficult private journey,” he mentioned in an emailed assertion.
Reimer’s reconsideration to grow to be the social gathering’s nominee comes after she introduced in October 2017 that she wasn’t searching for re-election as a councillor, or fascinated by searching for the social gathering’s mayoral nomination.
When requested then to answer options that she is likely to be a successor to Mayor Gregor Robertson when he retires, Reimer mentioned it had “by no means been my curiosity in life to be that individual.”
She added: “It’s not my intention to run for mayor with any entity or non-entity. I get why folks suppose mayor is an important place and why one ought to need it. However the place I come from. Simply having the title ‘councillor’ has been a tough factor for me to reconcile. I don’t aspire to be a mayor.”
Three months later, Robertson introduced he was retiring however Reimer mentioned once more she had no real interest in changing into the social gathering’s nominee. She did, nonetheless, turned concerned in Campbell’s marketing campaign and was the one who launched him at his launch.
Campbell has not responded to requests from the Courier to elaborate additional on his causes for withdrawing from the race. He turned Imaginative and prescient’s nominee in June after competitor Taleeb Noormohamed pulled out of the social gathering’s management race after he suffered “a sudden cardiac occasion.”
In her e mail to the Courier, Reimer mentioned inner polling confirmed Campbell had “a wonderful shot at being our first Indigenous mayor.”
Because the CBC’s Duncan McCue reported in January, Reimer revealed that she herself has Indigenous ancestry. She realized that her maternal grandfather was Metis and her maternal grandmother, Cree.
Reimer has been a powerful ally to town’s Indigenous group, studying tips on how to converse some phrases within the Squamish language and selling town’s reconciliation efforts.
Ange Valentini, Imaginative and prescient Vancouver’s govt director, instructed the Courier Tuesday that a brand new chief must be in place by Friday, the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers on the metropolis’s election workplace.
The social gathering can even contemplate endorsing different mayoral candidates, though she didn’t title them. Imaginative and prescient’s 10 candidates for council, park board and college board will stay within the race, regardless of Campbell’s resolution, she added.
In an e mail Tuesday night time to folks on Imaginative and prescient’s e mail record, Valentini mentioned the social gathering’s inner polling exhibits “if an election had been held at present, it could be a neck and neck race between Imaginative and prescient and the NPA for mayor.”
She added: “Imaginative and prescient might endorse an impartial for mayor. However we all know it’s very tough for an impartial to win. And we’d have to understand how they’d assist elect our candidates, help Imaginative and prescient’s insurance policies and, most significantly, how they’d defeat a well-sourced NPA.”
Retiring Imaginative and prescient councillors Tim Stevenson and Kerry Jang instructed the CBC Tuesday and later confirmed with the Courier that they’re supporting impartial mayoral candidate, Kennedy Stewart, for mayor.
“As a result of I consider he’s now the very best candidate to defeat the NPA,” mentioned Stevenson in an e mail, previous to realizing Reimer was contemplating changing into Imaginative and prescient’s candidate.
Vancouver has by no means had a lady as mayor.