For the first time since the 2002 municipal election, the Coalition of Progressive Electors is set to nominate a candidate for mayor.
The once-mighty Vancouver political party, which has no seats on city council, park board, and school board, has scheduled its nominating conference for June 7 and 8. At the conference, COPE members will choose their party's nominees for mayor, council, park board, and school board.
“Last spring, hundreds of COPE members voted to run a Mayor, and a majority at Council, School Board, and Park Board," Sean Antrim, executive director of COPE, said in a news release today (January 14).
"The Nominating and Policy Conferences are our members’ opportunity to choose our Mayoral candidate, and candidates for Council, School Board, and Park Board, and to choose what policies we will be campaigning on in 2014.”
COPE will hold its policy conference on March 29 and 30.
In December, COPE lost its sole elected official when school trustee Allan Wong left the party and joined the ruling Vision Vancouver.
The party, which forged alliances with Vision for the 2008 and 2011 elections, hasn't contested the mayoralty since Larry Campbell won the chair in the 2002 election.