This weekend, two men who could be mayor of Vancouver come face to face at a political event.
They’re independent candidate Kennedy Stewart and Patrick Condon, an urban planner who has yet to formally declare his intention.
Stewart and Condon will address and take questions from members of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) on Sunday (June 10).
On that day, COPE will also nominate candidates for council, school board, and park board.
Whether Condon runs as the party’s candidate for mayor or as an independent, COPE co-chair Rider Cooey believes that Condon will do it “one way or the other”.
“He’s expressed willingness to do just that,” Cooey told the Georgia Straight by phone Wednesday (June 6) about Condon, who is founding chair of the urban design program of UBC’s School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture.
Condon had indicated in the past that he will not pursue a mayoral candidacy if Green councillor Adriane Carr decides to go for the top job in the city.
Cooey thinks that Carr is likely not going to risk losing her place in council.
“Her seat in council is a lock,” Cooey said.
SFU academic Shauna Sylvester was supposed to be among the mayoral aspirants at the COPE event.
Cooey said that Sylvester had to cancel because of a conflict in schedule.
Three are seeking COPE’s nomination to run as council candidates. They are anti-poverty advocate Jean Swanson, former journalism instructor Anne Roberts, and graduate student Wes Didier.
Seeking nominations as park board candidates are SFU lecturer John Irwin, and Gwen Giesbrecht, president of the Britannia community services centre’s board of management.
Looking to run for school board are indigenous community advocate Diana Day, and retired teacher Barb Parrott.
The COPE event happens Sunday (June 10) from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1440 West 12th Avenue).