What do Shauna Sylvester, Kennedy Stewart, David Chen, Ian Campbell, Ken Sim, Wai Young, Hector Bremner and Fred Harding have in common?
They have all announced their candidacy to succeed Gregor Robertson as Mayor of Vancouver in the Oct. 20 civic election.
Unless there are moves to prevent vote-splitting on the left or on the right, they will make their campaigns official during the Sept. 4 to 14 filing period. With a field of eight candidates, the next mayor of Vancouver (population 631,000) could win the race with as few as 20,000 votes.
Harding is the latest to throw his hat in the ring as leader of the right-of-centre Vancouver 1st party. The retired veteran of the London Metropolitan Police and West Vancouver Police Department vows to bring law and order back to the city after it wasn’t a priority under Robertson and Vision Vancouver since 2008.
But Harding says he will bring more to the job if elected. He also has ideas for tax relief, housing affordability and transportation. Listen to host Bob Mackin interview Harding on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast.
Harding says that he has been “shaped out of looking at the adversity of others, out of looking at how people are treated in this province, how people have been taxed in this province, how people have been marginalized… I want people to know that they’ll have a mayor who is going to be looking at everybody’s interests, not just the wealthy.”
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