Raymond Louie and others want to run as Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate, says party executive

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      It’s not only the opposition Non-Partisan Association that is attracting a pack of mayoral hopefuls.

      The ruling Vision Vancouver is doing well itself, based on what one party executive says.

      “We do have several individuals interested,” Vision vice-chair Michael Haack told the Georgia Straight by phone Thursday (April 19).

      According to Haack, they include city councillor Raymond Louie.

      Haack said that Louie, who is currently on his fifth term, has made an “expression of interest” to run as Vision’s mayoral candidate in October.

      There are others, but Haack said Vision is not naming them for now.

      “We’re still confirming the people who had expressed interest, but we’re not releasing, we’re not speaking about who has put their name in at this point,” he said.

      Louie was first elected in 2002 as a councillor with the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).

      In 2005, he and others, including current councillor Tim Stevenson, formed Vision.

      Louie sought Vision's mayoral nomination in 2008, but was defeated by Gregor Robertson, who went on to become mayor in that year.

      Robertson is not running for a new term in the fall.

      Haack said that Vision will soon announce how it will choose its mayoral candidate.

      “Right now, we’re just sitting down with each of the individuals who put their name forward and who have expressed interest in running for mayor,” Haack said, “and then after we had that opportunity to meet with all those candidates, we’ll be laying a process out in the next couple of weeks.”

      In a previous interview, Haack told the Straight that Vision continues to attract adherents because it has history tackling problems facing the city and "getting results”.