Vancouver’s lone Green councillor may decide soon if she is going to run for city mayor.
Adriane Carr says she has written parties on the left side of political spectrum to ask them if she can count on their support in the October 2018 civic election.
According to Carr, she also informed Vision Vancouver, the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), and OneCity that she wants to hear from them before May.
“I’ve sent letters to Vision, to COPE, and to OneCity asking for their support, not their endorsement, but their support and spelling that out, support being that they would then not run anyone else for mayor,” Carr told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview Tuesday (April 24).
Carr explained that this means that the three parties “would not endorse nor support anyone else for mayor”.
“And I’ve asked them to let me know before the beginning of May,” Carr also said.
Asked why she did not mention the group of Jean Swanson, the Green councillor said that she is intending to reach out to the former council candidate and recognized anti-poverty activist.
In March this year, Carr told her Green colleagues at their annual general meeting that she is “ready and willing” to run for mayor.
Carr told the Straight following the meeting that she will decide after she and her party had determined that there is enough public support for her.
Several days ago, results of a Research Co. poll released exclusively to Postmedia showed that of 11 potential candidates for mayor, Carr had the highest support at 25 percent.
Swanson came in second with 16 percent, according to the Research Co. survey.
“I’m very pleased by the polling that came out,” Carr said in the new interview with the Straight.
According to Carr, she is on the “second” phase of her assessment of public support, which is winning the support of other parties.
She doesn’t want a repeat of the October 2017 by-election for a lone council seat, wherein the candidate of the centre-right Non-Partisan Association defeated the multiple bets fielded by the other parties, including Pete Fry of the Greens.
“It’s important for me that should I be accepted as a mayoral candidate in terms of non-competition from other parties,” Carr said.
The influential Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) is trying to broker an electoral among left and centre-left parties.
The labour council has summoned Vision, COPE, OneCity, the Green Party of Vancouver, and Swanson team representatives to meetings on May 6 and May 7 to try and work out a deal.
As in previous elections, the VDLC is expected to endorse a slate of candidates for mayor, council, school board, and park board.
VDLC president Stephen Von Sychowski earlier told the Straight that the labour council has a network of 50,000 households in the city that will be receiving recommendations from the council on who to vote for in the fall election.
Carr recognizes the value of securing the endorsement of the VDLC.
“It’d be important to for me to be on that VDLC endorsement slate and all of our Green candidates as well,” Carr said.More