Hector Bremner’s new Yes Vancouver Party is preparing to announce its candidates by the end of this month.
And if there is one contender that the mayoral aspirant is very much eager to see on his ticket, it would be park commissioner Erin Shum.
“She has showed that she’s principled and focused and a very hard worker,” Bremner said about Shum in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight.
Shum is currently unaffiliated, and sits as an independent in the Vancouver board of parks and recreation.
Like Bremner, Shum has a history with the Non-Partisan Association (NPA).
Shum left the NPA in late 2016, accusing her then party allies at the park board of bullying her.
When Bremner ran under the NPA in the October 2017 by-election for a seat in council, Shum supported him.
On the eve of the by-election, Shum wrote on Twitter that she’s voting for Bremner.
According to Shum, she is “impressed by his commitment to a big tent party that listens to the community”.
As an NPA councillor, Bremner sought the nomination of the party to become its mayoral candidate for the October 20, 2018 election.
However, on May 7 this year, the NPA board disqualified Bremner.
Following Bremner’s disqualification, Shum’s husband, Gavin Dew, who is a former director with the NPA, took to Twitter and promoted the #NotMyNPA hashtag.
Dew and Bremner have ties to the B.C. Liberal Party. Both ran unsuccessfully with the provincial party in the past.
On June 28, Bremner announced the formation of the Yes Vancouver Party.
Shum gave birth to a baby girl last month, and has yet to announce her intentions for the fall civic election.
“We’ve talked to her,” Bremner said when asked about the likelihood that Shum will join the Yes Vancouver Party.
Bremner said that he doesn’t know whether or not Shum is running for public office because she just had a child.
“It’s in her court, but we support her no matter what she does,” Bremner said.