Niki Sharma wants to jump from the Vancouver park board to city council.
The first-term park commissioner, who currently chairs the board, has announced that she will seek a nomination from her party, Vision Vancouver, to run for council.
“As a new mom of a five-month old girl, I often think about the kind of city Vancouver will be for her when she grows up,” Sharma said in a news release today (February 26). “How will the air and water quality be? Will she be able to afford to live here? How will she get around? Poverty, childcare, climate change, violence against women, transportation, livability and social justice: these are global issues that I believe we must act locally to address, and this is the perspective I want to bring to City Council.”
According to the release, school board chair Patti Bacchus and councillors Geoff Meggs and Andrea Reimer, who are also with Vision, are backing her council candicacy.
Sharma is a lawyer with the firm Donovan & Company and practises aboriginal law. She's also on the board of Battered Women Support Services.
The civic election is scheduled for November 15.