The man sometimes referred to as the “mayor of Kitsilano” is anticipating a by-election in the Vancouver–Point Grey constituency of outgoing B.C. premier Gordon Campbell.
If this happens, Mel Lehan is likely to toss his hat in the ring again as a New Democrat candidate for the seat. “I’m considering running,” Lehan told the Straight by phone. “I probably will run.”
On December 5, Campbell hinted that he may step down as an MLA after his party chooses a new leader. “I think it’s very difficult to stay on in caucus when you’ve been the leader for 17 years,” Campbell told reporters.
B.C. Liberals will vote for a successor to Campbell on February 26. According to Lehan, a by-election could be held as early as August if Campbell vacates his seat in February.
In the May 15, 2009, provincial election, Lehan fell 2,314 votes short of defeating Campbell.
Stephen Kronstein garnered 2,012 votes as the Green candidate in Vancouver–Point Grey in the same election. On November 9, less than a week after Campbell announced his resignation as premier, Kronstein told the Straight by phone that he may run in a future election.