Nicholas Chernen resigns as Vancouver Green candidate for school board
The Green Party of Vancouver has accepted the resignation of school board candidate Nicholas Chernen.
“This is unfortunate, as Nicholas is an amazing person and has worked hard to prepare for the upcoming campaign,” party chair Anthony Hughes stated in a media release Monday (July 9).
The Green Party made the announcement after Chernen on Sunday (July 8) informed the party’s election committee that he failed to disclose key information in his application for a nomination.
In the same statement issued by the party, Chernen was quoted as saying that his failure has “distracted from the bold ideas, exciting new candidates, and principled leadership of the incumbents that are the reason so many people are planning to support the Greens in October”.
“I do not want to put the Greens in a situation where they would have to consider making exceptions because of my oversight and contravention of an otherwise fair and transparent candidate vetting process,” Chernen stated.
On Twitter, Chernen explained that in 2014, he signed legal proceedings along with other petitioners.
The suit sought to remove Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision councillors from office for their alleged failure to disclose conflicts.
The legal action also alleged that online media organization Vancouver Is Awesome and its parent company Awesome Media Network act as conduits between elected Vision officials and real estate interests.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
Chernen apologized on Twitter to the Green Party, and Bob Kronbauer, editor-in-chief and founder of Vancouver Is Awesome.
“I regret my role in this,” Chernen wrote in a statement posted on the social media site.
Chernen also stated that he will find other means to get involved in the civic election this fall.