Bob Kasting’s late move irritates former supporter

It should not go unmentioned that by withdrawing from the mayoral race three days after the polls opened, Bob Kasting essentially disenfranchised anyone like myself who voted for him [“Independent Vancouver mayoral candidate Bob Kasting endorses Kirk LaPointe”, web-only]. Now my vote for mayor no longer counts, and of course I cannot go back and vote for someone else.

If Kasting felt any responsibility at all toward his supporters, he should have withdrawn at the latest on November 3, before the advance polls opened, and one wonders why he didn’t make his announcement then. I for one will never vote for him again, even if he were running for dogcatcher.

> Gerry Polman / Vancouver



Tommy Khang

Nov 19, 2014 at 9:38am

You and the 1,681 other voters who voted for him just go to prove how apathetic and disinterested voters truly are in this city. Also it didn't really help that there was very little media coverage, and it ran for maybe on cycle. I really do believe that in 4 years someone should create a Electorate Are Dumb party with fanciful policies and take votes away from real parties - oh wait that already happened this year with COPE, my apologies.

J. Oostlander

Jan 22, 2015 at 7:42pm

The Man in the Arena
It is not the critic who counts;
It is not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
Or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit goes to the man who is actually in the arena,
Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood;
Who strives valiantly;
Who errs, who comes short again and again,
Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
But who does actually Struve to do the deeds;
Who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions;
Who spends himself in a worthy cause;
Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement
At who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
So that his place shall never be with those cold
And timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt