Gregor Robertson reelected to second term as Vancouver mayor with majority Vision council
Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver party were elected to a second majority term Saturday, winning seven seats on council, five on park board and five on school board.
Robertson took to the stage just before 11 p.m. to a cheering room of supporters at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver. The mayor was joined by his team of Vision candidates, all of whom were elected, including current city councillors Raymond Louie, Kerry Jang, Heather Deal, Andrea Reimer, Tim Stevenson, and Geoff Meggs, and new council candidate Tony Tang.
“Tonight we celebrate a hard-fought victory,” Robertson told the crowd. “Tomorrow we get back to work.”
Robertson's speech included acknowledgement of outgoing Coalition of Progressive Electors candidates Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman. Allan Wong was the only COPE candidate that was elected, taking a spot on the school board.
"Their service to Vancouver is so valuable and appreciated," he said of the councillors.
Robertson also thanked his opponent Suzanne Anton for her nine years of public service on city council and the park board. Anton, who finished with 58,152 votes, conceded earlier to Robertson, who won 77,005.
The civic election results saw the Non-Partisan Association increase its presence on city council to two spots, with Elizabeth Ball and George Affleck elected. The party also won two seats on the park board, with Melissa De Genova and John Coupar elected as commissioners. Three NPA candidates were elected to school board.
Polling results Saturday night showed the Green party’s Adriane Carr was elected to the tenth city council spot.
Robertson told reporters after his speech that during the next term, he wants to "focus more on community engagement" and "working with neighbourhoods".
"The city is growing, we've got a lot of pressure to grow and develop," he said. "Our economy is strong. We've got to do that very carefully and thoughtfully and working better with our neighbourhoods."
The election featured a new group on the ballot, Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver, which campaigned on a platform of neighbourhood-based planning and campaign-finance reform. Council candidate Elizabeth Murphy led the group's slate with 19,644 votes.
According to the City of Vancouver, this year's voter turnout is estimated at about 35 percent, up from 31 percent in the 2008 civic election.