At least they tried.
After several meetings, phone conversations, and email exchanges that Bill McCreery, his The Electors Action Movement of the Lower Mainland Association, and others had with the person they believed would make a fantastic Vancouver mayor, it’s time to move on.
Much to their collective grief, Carole Taylor won’t be running.
“I’ve been in communication with her within the last week and a half, and that’s the latest word,” McCreery told the Straight in a July 15 phone interview.
TEAM had hoped to enlist the former B.C. finance minister as a mayoral candidate. The association is a revival of sorts of The Electors’ Action Movement, which was cofounded by Taylor’s husband Art Phillips, the late Vancouver mayor.
Last month, Taylor finished her term as SFU chancellor. Because of her position at the university, TEAM didn’t want to go public sooner about the fact that it was courting her.
“I don’t want to get into details,” McCreery said of her refusal. “It’s just that she has a number of very valid personal reasons for not wanting to get involved. She is aware of the situation in Vancouver and she’s concerned, as many people are.”