Terry Martin becomes sixth candidate to enter COPE council nomination race
The Coalition of Progressive Electors is expected to hold a vigorous nomination contest on September 18, with Terry Martin becoming the sixth candidate vying for one of the party’s three slots for council candidates.
Martin is a former COPE treasurer. He has also served as chair of Vancouver’s board of variance, a quasi-judicial body that hears and decides on appeals on zoning, development permit, signage, and tree bylaw issues.
“I have some specific ideas around dealing with homelessness…as well as some innovative ways to make and save the city a sizable amount of money, thereby reducing the pressure on raising property taxes,” Martin told the Straight in a phone interview.
According to Helesia Luke, one of two members of COPE’s candidate search committee, the number of contestants may even increase as members can nominate on the floor during the meeting. “It’s a renewal,” Luke told the Straight about what the strong interest in running with COPE in this year’s municipal election says about the left-wing party.