COPE members ratify electoral deal with Vision Vancouver
The left-wing Coalition of Progressive Electors has agreed to limit the number of candidates it will run in the November 2011 Vancouver election.
Today (June 26), party members ratified an electoral agreement with Vision Vancouver.
It allows COPE to run three candidates for council, four for school board, and two for park board.
There are 10 positions on council, nine seats on school board, and seven members of the park board.
COPE will not run a candidate for mayor against Vision Vancouver incumbent Gregor Robertson.
"COPE members today voted to lock out the NPA for another three years," COPE external cochair Marcus Youssef said in a party news release. "That’s critical in making sure Vancouver keeps moving forward and continues to work hard on progressive civic issues."
COPE will hold a nomination meeting on September 18 to select candidates.
As part of the deal, Vision Vancouver has agreed to run seven candidates for council, five for school board, and four for park board.
The Vancouver Civic Greens have been offered one position for park board. If they turn down the deal, Vision Vancouver will run five candidates for park board.