Vision Vancouver acknowledges possibility of municipal by-elections in 2013
Vision Vancouver has engaged in “some very preliminary conversations” about the prospect that three of its elected municipal officials may run provincially next year, according to party cochair Stepan Vdovine.
“But those conversations are at the very, very early stages,” Vdovine stressed in a phone interview with the Straight.
The political grapevine has long been buzzing about Coun. Geoff Meggs, school board chair Patti Bacchus, and park board chair Constance Barnes seeking nominations with the B.C. NDP. If they’re successful and manage to win in the 2013 general election, their departure from the municipal scene will trigger byelections in all three civic levels in the city.
“As far as the party is concerned, I can tell you that we’ve had some very preliminary conversations at the governance committee level as to what might happen in the instance someone may make that decision,” Vdovine said.
Vdovine maintained that Vision Vancouver has yet to receive word from any of its elected civic politicians regarding plans for next year’s provincial election.
“I mean, you could appreciate our responsibility to our members is to consider all sorts of scenarios and to make sure that we exercise foresight when it comes to these sorts of things,” the Vision Vancouver executive added.