The Coalition of Progressive Electors is gearing up for the 2014 civic election by encouraging party members and supporters to seek nominations for city council, park board and school board.
At a press conference outside Vancouver City Hall today, COPE’s executive director Sean Antrim said the party wants to ensure there’s an “even and inclusive playing field” for all potential nominees.
“We want anyone who supports and is passionate about COPE’s policies to be able to come forward as a nominee and to be supported and empowered in this process,” he said.
The left-wing party will run a mayoral candidate and majority slates for park and school board. As part of a new equity policy, a majority of COPE candidates will be women, and the party will reserve one spot for aboriginal candidates on each of its three slates.
“Vancouver is a diverse city, and COPE believes that the municipal government should reflect it as much as possible,” said COPE equity and diversity committee member Imtiaz Popat.
The party has released a guide for potential nominees, and plans to hold candidate debates and workshops to help candidates.
Antrim anticipates that potential nominees will be announcing their intentions in the coming weeks. Candidates will campaign throughout the summer, and will be nominated by party members at a conference on September 7.
COPE members voted earlier this year on a series of policies to form the party's election platform for 2014. Some of the approved motions included proposals for a Vancouver Housing Authority, a Sanctuary City policy, and a $10 a day child-care plan.
The party will confirm its official election platform at an annual general meeting on July 6.