A new day begins in Vancouver politics (2018 to 2022) with Green wave, independent mayor, and diverse political views in Council, park board, school board

City HallBelow are the unofficial election results. Vancouver voters have elected 27 people to public office (mayor, councillor, Park Board commissioner, and school trustee) following the preliminary count of 2018 city election ballots. About 176,744 ballots were cast and voter turn-out is estimated to be about 39.43%. Both are lower than in 2014, though a record 158 candidates ran. Official results will be declared by the Chief Election Officer by October 24, 2018. As of this moment (morning, Oct 21), the NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim had not conceded defeat — the gap from him to Kennedy Steward was just 984 votes (see all vote counts here).

Composition: The new City Council will have an independent mayor, five NPAs, three Greens, one COPE and one OneCity. With a total of eleven votes on Council, no party has a majority, and that situation will probably result in some real discussion, something absent for ten years due to Vision Vancouver’s arrogance and absolute majority. Public input might actually be able to influence policy more than in the past decade. Let’s hope they all focus on who they are serving — the people of Vancouver.

Vision Vancouver was almost completely obliterated, electing only ONE candidate in the final slot on the school board (with Allan Wong, reelected as school board trustee, only 693 votes ahead of COPE’s Diana Day). This is a stunning rejection of Vision Vancouver, almost sending the entire organization to the dust bin of history for a disastrous ten years with absolute control of City Council.

With one exception, new parties and independents did not get elected. Other than Kennedy Stewart as “independent” mayor, not a single independent candidate was elected, a sign of how hard it is for an independent to get elected. In fact, Stewart was not entirely “independent,” as he inherited massive support from Big Labour and Vision Vancouver. Not a single member of a first-time new party running in this election was elected.

Election finance money flows will become clearer once the dust settles. There was a lot of in-kind money flowing particularly from Big Labour, which favoured Kennedy Stewart and funding just before the official election period. It will be interesting to see the numbers once everything is factored in. Worthy of special mention — the Green Party has always had strict rules on donations, rejecting corporate and union donations. Their total budget this time was just a fraction of what the big players had, yet they garnered the top votes in all the races they ran — a testament to their track record, credibility and trust they have earned from the community.

What next? We hope that the many people who got engaged in this election as candidates and supporters will continue to be engaged in dialogue and help Vancouver address the many challenges facing it for the next four years!

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Mayor
Kennedy Stewart (independent) – 49,812 votes

Council
Adriane Carr (Green) – 69,885 votes
Pete Fry (Green) – 61,925 votes
Melissa de Genova (NPA) – 53,324 votes
Jean Swanson (COPE) – 48,955 votes
Colleen Hardwick (NPA) – 47,811 votes
Michael Wiebe (Green) – 45,700 votes
Christine Boyle (OneCity) – 45,529 votes
Lisa Dominato (NPA) – 44,769 votes
Rebecca Bligh (NPA) – 44,117 votes
Sarah Kirby-Yung (NPA) – 43,646 votes

Park Board
Stuart Mackinnon (Green) – 73,718 votes
Dave Demers (Green) – 73,326 votes
Camil Dumont (Green) – 65,447 votes
John Coupar (NPA) – 49,836 votes
Tricia Barker (NPA) – 48,831 votes
Gwen Giesbrecht (COPE) – 48,481 votes
John Irwin (COPE) – 46,360 votes

School Board
Janet Fraser (Green) – 75,237 votes
Estrellita Gonzalez (Green) – 58,540 votes
Jennifer Reddy (OneCity) – 52,851 votes
Oliver Hanson (NPA) – 49,991 votes
Fraser Ballantyne (NPA) – 49,849 votes
Carmen Cho (NPA) – 49,597 votes
Lois Chan-Pedley (Green) – 48,509 votes
Barb Parrott (COPE) – 48,276 votes
Allan Wong (Vision) – 47,378 votes

2 thoughts on “A new day begins in Vancouver politics (2018 to 2022) with Green wave, independent mayor, and diverse political views in Council, park board, school board

  1. Wrong about One City being first time in office. Carrie Bercic went onto School Board in 2017 by-election, and maybe other(s). Not doing homework to be more precise. You probably will want to fix that mistake.

    Joseph

    On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:19 PM CityHallWatch: Tools to engage

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