Vancouver mayoral contender Wai Young has attracted a number of former Non-Partisan Association (NPA) members.
Last month, Young announced that she is welcoming to her campaign team three ex-NPAers, namely Mike Lount, Annie Ayre, and David Jones.
Lount’s name has some currency.
Lount was part of a slate identified with West Side resident Glen Chernen, which won seats at the NPA board in November last year.
Chernen sought the mayoral nomination of the NPA in June this year, and came last among three contenders.
Following his failed nomination bid, Chernen reportedly expressed his wish to join the council slate of the party.
However, when the NPA announced its candidates for council last July, Chernen’s name wasn’t on the list.
It can be recalled as well that Young previously sought to join the NPA’s nomination contest for mayor, encouraging her supporters to sign up memberships with the party.
However, Young withdrew and went on her own, heralding the birth of Coalition Vancouver.
Going back to the exodus of ex-NPAers to Young’s party, Lount isn’t the only former NPA board member now on board.
Ex-NPA directors Lianne Rood and Peter Labrie came ahead of Lount.
Labrie is now president of Coalition Vancouver.
According to Labrie, Coalition Vancouver is preparing to unveil its slate for council, park board, and school board.
Labrie said that the party may either run majority slates or work with other people from outside the party.
“For example, you get three or four…on council, and you have two or three other members of other different parties that we can work with, that’s also very manageable,” Labrie told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
Asked about the possibility that Chernen may join Young in a certain capacity, Labrie indicated that the party would be willing to explore that idea.
“We’re talking to a lot of people, and if Glen [Chernen] were interested in joining us, we would be certainly interested in talking with Glen,” Labrie said.
Pressed if there are ongoing conversations with Chernen, Labrie said: “I don’t really want to comment on that.”
Labrie noted though that he believes that Chernen is “looking to see how he can play a meaningful role in the city”.
Chernen did not respond to a call to comment on his plans.